What would you consider to be your lowest point? I'm sure there's a list that comes to mind for times that you have been down, a break up, a job loss, tear in a relationship. there are rough patches in our lives, that is a part of being human. It is how we handle these situations that matters, how we come out on the other side. So much of the time, we make mistakes and don't show the best of ourselves, making an internal wound that make stick for days, months, years. In situations like these, we need to seek forgiveness, both to forgive and be forgiven. Jesus died for us so that we might have the chance to embrace the joy that comes in this life, to be forgiven and renewed. It's time to live up to this wonderful gift we've been given, especially as we approach Easter Sunday. What are some of the wounds that you bear? Are you ready to take the steps to give and seek forgiveness and let the healing come?
Today's Gospel states: "When Jesus had thus spoken, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.' The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was lying close to the breast of Jesus; so Simon Peter beckoned to him and said, 'Tell us who it is of whom he speaks.' So lying thus, close to the breast of Jesus, he said to him, 'Lord, who is it?' Jesus answered, 'It is he to whom I shall give this morsel when I have dipped it.' So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. Then after the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, 'What you are going to do, do quickly.' Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the money box, Jesus was telling him, 'Buy what we need for the feast'; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the morsel, he immediately went out; and it was night. When he had gone out, Jesus said, 'Now is the Son of man glorified, and in him God is glorified; if God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, `Where I am going you cannot come.' Simon Peter said to him, 'Lord, where are you going?' Jesus answered, 'Where I am going you cannot follow me now; but you shall follow afterward.' Peter said to him, 'Lord, why cannot I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.' Jesus answered, 'Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the cock will not crow, till you have denied me three times" (John 13:21-33, 36-38).
In today's reading, Jesus reveals that one of his disciples will betray him. He knows that most of them will in the end as well, running when he needs them to defend him. He knows and he already forgives them. He loves them so much that even the betrayal of Judas, to his death on the cross, is forgiven. Jesus shows us that forgiveness is always possible, if we ask him to help us. Even at the lowest point, Jesus is ready to welcome us in with open arms and help us start to live lives of love again. We just need to be willing to ask. Take some time today to pray and ask God to help you seek and give forgiveness for the deep wounds.
Today we pray:
Thank You for showing me the depth of Your love, Jesus on the cross. Help me when I am feeling at my lowest point, for the wounds that I already bear. Help me to seek forgiveness and embrace this life in love. I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.