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Tuesday April 12th: Degrees of Separation

Night has fallen…

John 13:21-33, 36-38

This gospel passage evokes sad feelings – even Jesus ‘was troubled in spirit’.  The passage highlights three (3) ‘separations’ of different degrees.

The first separation comes from deep betrayal fuelled by Satan.  Judas hasn’t yet actually betrayed Jesus with the kiss but Jesus knows that his heart is already separated.  Jesus knows ‘night has fallen’.

The second separation comes from betrayal fuelled by the need to go with the crowd, so Peter denied knowing Jesus even though he loved Jesus and expressed the desire never to be separated from Him, but Jesus, who knows his ‘little children’, knows that Peter would still deny Him to save face.

Then comes the third separation fuelled from Love, leading to Salvation.  Jesus is to be separated from the ones He loves and who have walked with Him, in order to fulfil His Mission.  Even in this separation, He comforts the disciples and tells them they will follow Him later.

Jesus, for the times I have separated myself from you, betrayed you or denied you, I am sorry.  Please forgive me.