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The Commentaries Summarised
As a Church we are in a web of wisdom that comes to us both from tradition and contemporary writers. This section offers a summary of some commentaries on the Gospel. Also below is a list of the books and articles that have been consulted in compiling this Sunday's "Pray As You Can" and which could be used for further reading.
This Sunday's Commentary
The Gospel reading as it is given in the lectionary is a beautiful text. Lovely, reassuring, if somewhat vague about the glory that is happening between God and Jesus. But when it is placed in its content, its ‘glory’ is thrown into sharp relief, a relief that is not at all comforting, except in the knowledge that God in Jesus has confronted and overthrown the power of Satan. These words of Jesus follow on the incident where Jesus makes it clear to Judas that he knows about the betrayal that he is about to inflict. In offering the morsel, Jesus offers Judas the opportunity to choose otherwise. He does not…and Satan is allowed his time, his hour. Jesus’ glory lies in this. He will confront evil and, in his suffering and death, will defeat it. The disciples cannot yet follow Jesus. Evil has to be overthrown before Jesus would allow that to happen.
As one protecting his own, he calls them ‘little children’ and enjoins them to imitate him in his love. At this Last Supper, the action that immediately preceded the interaction between Jesus and Judas was Jesus’ washing of the feet of his disciples. This is the sign of what love is about: service, and service undertaken in the humblest of activities and the humblest of postures. This interpretation of love is so radical, so profound that it becomes the sign by which the world will know that God was revealed in Jesus. God will be present in their love for each other.