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March 30 - Is. 49: 16; John 13: 21-33, 36-38

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordMarch 30, 2021
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today's psalm is Psalm 71

The disparities in the settings of the Passion of our Lord are quite evident if you read them side by side.  Two days ago we heard St. Mark's account.  On Good Friday, we will hear John's account.  

As I mentioned in my homily on Sunday, St. Mark emphasizes the total abandonment of Jesus by those around Him, and how resigned He was to that fate.  He even asks the Father in Gethsemane if it is at all possible to remove this cup. In St. Mark's account, the humanity of Jesus shines through. 

In John's account, it is His divinity that shines through.  When one reads it, it rather striking how in control Jesus is of the situation.  Fr. Ron Rolheiser. in one reflection. puts it best - in St. John's account, it seems as though everyone else in the story is on trial, not Jesus. He is dictating how the story will unfold. And when He dies, his final cry is one of triumph - It is accomplished.  

Today's first reading is the second of the Servant Songs of the Lord, all 4 of which being considered prophecies of the ministry of Jesus.  In today's, we hear of the despondency of the servant, as he struggles with in his dealings with the people.  This is very much in line with the humanity of Jesus, who would frequently express His frustrations with those would hear His message but not accept it.

In our gospel, we again see the  divinity of Jesus in action.  His responses to both Judas and Peter show much He is in charge and in control - their actions are all part of the wonderfully mysterious divine plan of the Father which he knows full well.  

So, how can we reconcile these disparities in the views of Jesus that are presented to us?  For me, it is simple.  They are the "two sides of the same coin".  One side is His humanity.  The other side His divinity.  But both sides are the same Jesus.