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Reflection: Holy Week

Sr. Jeanne - March 22, 2016

Jesus has gone up to Jerusalem for the Feast. He is talking to the Jews about his faithful followers. He says they are like his sheep who know his voice and who follow him. Perhaps Jesus is talking about us right here and now, in this little space on this campus. You think? Maybe? And he says this about them, about his followers, (about us?) “No one can take them out of my hand; My Father has given them to me and no one can take them out of my hand.” The Father has given them to me and no one can take them out of my hand.” And then the clincher! The clincher… “The Father and I are one…” Just what the Jews love to hear! As the days move closer to Passover, the authorities are getting more and more angry, every time Jesus connects himself to the Father, His Father. And as Jesus moves closer to His passion, He seems to want to deepen ever more deeply that connection with the Father, His Father. It’s almost like Jesus repeats it to any one He is speaking with, over and over, to hear himself say it, to convince himself, He and the Father are one. He and His Father are one. And when He says, “No one can take his followers out of His hand; maybe He is also thinking “No one, not even these Jewish authorities, angry enough to kill him, can take Him out of the Father’s hand. No one can take him out of His Father’s hand. 

John’s Gospel continues with: The Jews again picked up rocks to throw at him. Notice “again” not the first time, but “again.” Also notice, not stones, but rocks. The Jews again picked up rocks to throw at him. Then he has a long, almost tiresome dialogue with the Jews about the works of the Father and doing the works of the Father. He asks, “For which good work do you stone me? If I perform the Father’s works, if you do not believe me, believe the works. ETC. ETC. Until Jesus repeats, “The Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Again they try to arrest him. But Jesus slips away back across the Jordan to be with those who came to him and who believe in him. Much like us who find people who believe in us when we’re in any need! So let us be with Jesus these last few days before Easter, these last few minutes before the next thing today. Listen to him say, “No one can take you out of my hand, just as no one can take me out of the Father’s hand.” Am I in his hand? How does it feel to be in the Father’s hand? Who might need my hand today? During these days let us reach out for his hand.