Tuesday 30 March 2021

Uncertain times


While at supper with his disciples, Jesus was troubled in spirit and declared, ‘I tell you most solemnly, one of you will betray me.’ The disciples looked at one another, wondering which he meant. The disciple Jesus loved was reclining next to Jesus; Simon Peter signed to him and said, ‘Ask who it is he means’, so leaning back on Jesus’ breast he said, ‘Who is it, Lord?’

From JOHN 13: 21ff


For those brought up in the 1970s, the game show “Mr and Mrs” was a staple diet among many other game shows for Saturday night viewing. Various married couples are asked questions about each other. The couple who know each other the best wins the game and the prizes. Years later, the show was revived for a time with a new presenter and a new format and more inclusive contestants. The embarrassment and humour comes when couples falter and display a slight ignorance of the other, usually on some insignificant matter.

As the disciples gather around the Passover table, when Jesus speaks of his betrayal and death, the air is filled with fear and ignorance. They look at each other, wondering who the betrayer is. Peter, filled with so much uncertainty, even asks Jesus, “Is it I?” He doubts himself as well as others. It seems that they don’t know each other or even themselves very well at all.

Perhaps the same can be said of all of us at times. What sense of self awareness do we have? Do we spend time in reflecting on our lives, on our day? “Lord, you have searched me and you know me,” says Psalm 139. God, being God, knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows us through and through. Perhaps at the end of each day, we can spend some quiet time looking back, reflecting, asking God to show us who we are in a new light so that, certain of his love, he can be certain of us, assured of our faith and our love.


Loving Father, open our it’s hearts and our lives to your Holy Spirit to show us Jesus and help us understand who we are. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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