5th Sun Easter C
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This Sunday's Exposition
‘It was night.’ It was in the face of darkness that Jesus revealed his glory. In his act of giving the morsel to Judas, Jesus had offered him the chance to turn away from his act of betrayal. But Judas chose otherwise, and then Satan entered him. After Judas left the circle of disciples, Jesus spoke of the glory that he was about to enter into. This was not glory as we, and the world, know it: the glory of esteem, power, and adulation. No, quite the opposite. It was a glory that would face the consequences of Judas’ wicked choice, the hatred of the religious leaders, the indifference of Pilate, the brutality of the soldiers and the desertion and denial by his disciples. This is what Jesus’ glory consists of: loving in the face of evil and sin.
At the present time, the Catholic Church is Australia is undergoing a period of deep humiliation. As the Royal Commission continues, news bulletins regularly recount the sins and failures of members of our Church against the weakest in our society. One awful aspect of this is that the humiliation is justified. The mentality that wants our church, ‘our tribe’ to be esteemed, to look good was the very mentality that allowed abuse to go on for so long. The issue for us now is how are we to make this situation a place of true ‘glory’. We must be like Jesus. We must face sin for what it truly is, with no excuses, no justifications. We must face sin in its raw awfulness and ask ourselves how we have colluded with the mentality that allowed this abuse to happen. Then, and only then, will our hearts be softened to listen to the cry of the abused and to respond. The glory of Jesus in this situation will only be revealed when we have faced our sin, begged forgiveness of the abused and work towards their healing. Then will God’s glory truly be revealed – the overcoming of evil with love.