The disciples are beginning to have a better understanding that he is who he says he is, that “he came from God.” Jesus does not rest on or savor this insight and affirmation, but shares with them how, they still do not fully comprehend. He shares with them that each will leave him alone in his most desperate hour. Those he takes to be with him in the Garden of Gethsemane will fall asleep. When Jesus asks them to watch and pray with him, to be a support for him as he receives the will of the Father, they are asleep when Jesus hears he will be sent again, sent to do the Father’s will by giving his life on the Cross for them, for us and all. The disciples then all fled when the guards, led by Judas, come to take him into custody. Peter will betray him three times.
Jesus then shares with them, that even though they, his most intimate followers, his closest friends would betray him, he is not alone. Jesus said: “I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”
These words are words of comfort and hope for us today! No matter if we betray or are betrayed ourselves, we let others down or are let down, we see and experience the devastating effects of our fallen world and fallen human nature, from without and within; no matter what conflict, challenges, or tribulations we are faced with, we do not need to succumb to cynicism, hopelessness, and despair.
We are not alone! Jesus gives us the way because Jesus is the Way! Let us not be shaped by the culture or the world, but by his loving God and Father. Let us build our relationship with Jesus, who will lead us to the Father so to experience the Love of the Holy Spirit! When we acknowledge the presence of Jesus in our lives, when we turn to him for help and support, there is joy, there is peace, and all things are possible.
Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness, and he will not be overcome by it, for he has conquered death, and overcome the world. We are an Alleluia people because through our participation in the life of Jesus the Christ we will overcome as well. As an Alleluia people let us not be shaped by our culture and world but shape it by living the Gospel, by being and sharing the light, joy and peace of Christ in every aspect of our life and interactions with one another.