Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Roland Chidiebere, CMF

Romans, Herodians, Pilate, Judas! Even as they scheme their evil plots and actions, the Lord Jesus was aware and expressed that “no one takes my life from me, I lay it down by myself.” Their activities facilitated the accomplishment of His redemptive mission. The Father chose him to be the Passover Lamb. He willingly accepts the sacrifice in accord with the Father’s will. Like Jesus, conscious that one is a child of God, keeps one focused!

Our Gospel reading centers on the Last Super which will be celebrated on Holy Thursday. Within this meal our Lord shares his premonition. Having premonition of one’s own death seems natural! At the sudden drowning of one of our students, his closest friend confessed that since the previous day he (the dead) had been making utterances about death! In today’s Gospel reading Jesus begins with the premonition of his own death. What marvels one is how He handles it; what he teaches us! He does not deny the reality that he is about to die, instead he talks about it. What happens within oneself when weighed down by uncertainties? Like he did, it’s healthy to let it out! In addition, he uses the opportunity to bequeath us with the memory of his love, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, our Holy Communion with the Lord.

At very crucial moment of his life, our Lord does not allow himself to be overwhelmed by the threat of death. Instead he models Agape love, self-giving for us! Indeed, we ought to appropriate the activities of this Holy week to deepen our communion with the Lord Jesus, through acts of charity, confessions, reception of the Holy Eucharist, reading the Word of God with greater devotion. 

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