Holy Week, Tuesday – Is 49:1-6; John 13:21-33,36-38
“Come hell or high water,” is an idiom used to express determination to complete something. To complete His mission of redemption and salvation, Jesus had to literally contend with much worse than that, as today’s Gospel reminds us. Darkness, denial, ignorance, betrayal, cowardice, and the demonic all confronted Jesus at the Last Supper, on the eve of His passion. Yet Jesus pressed on despite it all, demonstrating that His love for us, and His desire to save us, will never fail.
Jesus’ love is resolute. He would never force Himself upon us, but He doesn’t keep a polite distance either. Instead, He keeps knocking at the door of our hearts. Sometimes we open our hearts to Him on our own, and welcome Him in. At other times, we need His help. Maybe our hearts are frozen, and Jesus needs to melt them; it could be that our hearts are broken, and Jesus needs to mend them; perhaps our hearts are made of stone, and they need replacing with Jesus’ own, sacred heart.
Regardless of the state of our hearts, Jesus persists in His efforts to open its door, not to assert His power, but to share His love. Nothing will stop Him! Not even death itself. We have nothing to fear from He who is God, He only wants us to trust Him completely.