The Very Reverend Todd Donatelli

Wednesday in Holy Week: Trust

Posted By Todd Donatelli on April 12, 2017

John 13:21-32

At supper with his friends, Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.”

Trust. It is a tenuous thing. Here is a group of persons who have been together following the way with Jesus. They have seen healings. They have found their way out of angry, violent crowds. They have watched demons flee. They have heard rumblings about plots toward the one they are following. Again and again they have found themselves both confounded and compelled by Jesus. They have banded together through a life time’s worth of stories. Yet, when Jesus states one will betray they are uncertain of whom he is thinking. Perhaps that is because they can’t imagine it happening. Perhaps they are uncertain because when honest with themselves they admit to fears about being connected to Jesus, fears that could make them step away and perhaps even betray. What they don’t do is protest the notion. Instead, Peter gestures to John, the beloved disciple, to get out of Jesus who it is.  At least in this moment, amid the arrival of night, the notion of betrayal is plausible.

What does it take to trust? What does it take to trust when we are afraid? What does it take to be a community of trust?

Blessed Wednesday in Holy Week,
The Very Reverend Todd M. Donatelli, Dean of the Cathedral

Today’s Worship Services:

12:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist for the Wednesday in Holy Week

5:45 p.m. - Holy Eucharist for the Wednesday in Holy Week