By: Maggie Leonard
Reflection—v. 38, ‘What is truth?’
The passion narrative is filled with revelations and hard truths. Pretensions are exposed for all to see. Peter the ‘Rock’ crumbles under pressure, saying, ‘I am not [Jesus’ disciple].’ Jewish authorities align themselves with Rome, saying, ‘We have no king but the emperor.’ Pilate the Roman governor proves to be a judge swayed by popular opinion, saying, ‘I find no case against him,’ and yet still putting him to death. In this story, we witness the painful brokenness of the world. We see the dynamics of sin and the real consequences of our fear. The truth is that we desperately need God’s work of love, healing, and reconciliation in the world. In many ways, the entire Gospel of John, and especially the passion narrative, highlights the tension between a life lived in the brokenness of the world and a life of faithful discipleship. Death on the cross and resurrection proves to be the ultimate challenge to Roman authority and the only true route of resistance.
Prayer Jesus, as I follow you on the way of the cross, help me not to get lost in the crowd, pulled by the brokenness of the world and the brokenness in myself.