Treading into the Night
Readings: Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15 and 17; John 13:21-33, 36-38
Night had fallen… Now has the Son of Man been glorified…
Isn’t this a good image of what Jesus is going through in the gospel today? Isn’t this what enables him to somehow see glory in defeat? When the blindfold of his Passion begins to be wrapped tightly around his eyes, Jesus clings ever more firmly to his heavenly Father. Jesus trusts that even now the Father continues to hide him in the shadow of his hand, giving him the strength he needs to walk bravely into the night.
I said to the Man at the gate of the year ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!’ So I went forth and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
What is your blindfold? How do you face the darkness of the night?