By: Maggie Leonard
Reflection—v. 27, ‘What you are about to do, do quickly…’
Things are so much easier to see from the outside. I frequently seek out the consultation of dear friends about things happening in my life, curious if they can see something that I cannot. When the reverse happens, I give my honest observations about friends’ lives. I want so badly to protect friends from hurt and to troubleshoot all the outcomes. I feel privileged to sit with friends after heartbreak in all its forms. But if it can be avoided, I hope it will be. Anxiety for the well-being of others can be a powerful driver, unfortunately, and can lead me to say too much, to be too honest. I really ought to take a hint from Jesus himself. The night before he was arrested, Jesus was gathered with his disciples and found himself ‘deeply disturbed’ by the knowledge that Judas would soon betray him. Instead of trying to dissuade him, Jesus says, ‘What you are about to do, do it quickly.’ Jesus knows that people are going to do what they are going to do. He cannot control the actions of Judas, or anyone else—nor can I. But he can meet the outcome of any action with love and integrity. This is my growing edge.
Prayer Jesus, help me to live a healthy life, and to follow you.