“Holy Week” Friday - Year C
The longest pericope of the year!
There are so many places to get distracted in this passage. Its beginning may be all we need. After Jesus said, “I’ve made your name known to them and will continue to make it known so that your love for me will be in them, and I myself will be in them” — we are in a garden.
Creation may not be admissible evidence in a court of law, but it touches our heart with an assurance of being of value. Creation shows love. Creativity continues to show love.
And we find betrayal in a Garden called Eden and a Garden called Gethsemane. Gardens are places of weeds and fruits. Gardens are not controllable and eventually we need to move on. From one Garden comes the death of Abel from another comes the death of Jesus and Cain morphs into Pilate.
This is not about violence and death. This is simply business-as-usual—love revealed and internalized.
Remember the liturgy of Ash Wednesday— this year we used: From Dust you have come; to Dust you shall return; what do you have to lose. During our Lent exploration of Christmas and Easter, this shifted to: You have come from Blessing; you shall go to Blessing; Bless now.
Be not surprised. What did Jesus have to lose? And you? What wouldn’t Jesus bless? And you?