Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of John (13: 21-33, 36-38) in which Jesus tells the disciples one of them will betray him.
Fr Paul says, the Last Supper, which we are hearing of today and tomorrow, highlights many things. Not only is it the institution of the Eucharist but it is also quite clear at the Last Supper that a disciple is the one who is to betray Jesus. We also hear in the Last Supper of the failure of the disciples, led by Peter, and this has been a theme throughout the ministry of Jesus. Fr Paul says, think of all the times and examples where the disciples failed to understand. And that failure is now going to be highlighted as Jesus faces his torture, death, and Resurrection.
We hear at the Last Supper, at the end of this Gospel, that Peter is prepared to die with Jesus. What will happen, though, is that Peter will repent from his failures after the Resurrection of Jesus. This theme of repentance is a reminder that the twelve disciples are role models for future disciples.
For our reflection today, Fr Paul asks us to consider, ‘How prepared am I to repent from the failures in my life?’