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May 12 - John 13: 16-20

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordMay 12, 2022
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today's other readings are Acts 13: 13-25 and Psalm 89

For the remainder of the Easter Season, our gospels will be taken from the Last Supper discourse of John's gospel, chapters 13-17.

A few things about our gospel today.  First, Jesus' self reference of "I AM He".  This is the very same title used by the Father in His appearance to Moses in the burning bush in Exodus 3.  This name, which we translate as Yahweh, is given by and attributed to God the Father.  So when Jesus uses this title for Himself, He is making a very clear reference to His unique relationship with the Father.  This relationship is in fact reiterated many times by Jesus throughout John's gospel, through the repeated use of "I AM".

Secondly, Jesus' description of Judas' betrayal as one who has "lifted his hell against Me" is a direct qote from Psalm 41.  This psalm, attributed to King David, is a reference to the betrayal committed by his own son, Absalom, as we read in 2 Samuel chapters 13-18, who attempts to overthrow the reign of his father, King David. But Absalom's treachery concludes with his own death, as it did for Judas.  

This gospel is a real classic example of how stories from the sacred Scriptures are woven together.