First Reading, From the Book of Isaiah 49:1-6
Vrs1 Coasts and islands, listen to me, pay attention, distant peoples. Yahweh called me when I was in the womb, before my birth he had pronounced my name.
Vrs2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword, he hid me in the shadow of his hand. He made me into a sharpened arrow and concealed me in his quiver.
Vrs3 He said to me, ‘Israel, you are my servant, through whom I shall manifest my glory.’
Vrs4 But I said, ‘My toil has been futile, I have exhausted myself for nothing, to no purpose.’ Yet all the while my cause was with Yahweh and my reward with my God.
Vrs5 And now Yahweh has spoken, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him and to re-unite Israel to him;-I shall be honoured in Yahweh’s eyes, and my God has been my strength.-
Vrs6 He said, ‘It is not enough for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel; I shall make you a light to the nations so that my salvation may reach the remotest parts of earth.’
Responsorial Psalm, From Psalms 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17
Vrs1 In you, Yahweh, I take refuge, I shall never be put to shame.
Vrs2 In your saving justice rescue me, deliver me, listen to me and save me.
Vrs3 Be a sheltering rock for me, always accessible; you have determined to save me, for you are my rock, my fortress.
Vrs4 My God, rescue me from the clutches of the wicked, from the grasp of the rogue and the ruthless.
Vrs5 For you are my hope, Lord, my trust, Yahweh, since boyhood.
Vrs6 On you I have relied since my birth, since my mother’s womb you have been my portion, the constant theme of my praise.
Vrs15 My lips shall proclaim your saving justice, your saving power all day long.
Vrs17 God, you have taught me from boyhood, and I am still proclaiming your marvels.
Gospel: From the Gospel Account of Saint John 13:21-33, 36-38
Vrs21 Having said this, Jesus was deeply disturbed and declared, ‘In all truth I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.’
Vrs22 The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he meant.
Vrs23 The disciple Jesus loved was reclining next to Jesus;
Vrs24 Simon Peter signed to him and said, ‘Ask who it is he means,’
Vrs25 so leaning back close to Jesus’ chest he said, ‘Who is it, Lord?’
Vrs26 Jesus answered, ‘It is the one to whom I give the piece of bread that I dip in the dish.’ And when he had dipped the piece of bread he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot.
Vrs27 At that instant, after Judas had taken the bread, Satan entered him. Jesus then said, ‘What you are going to do, do quickly.’
Vrs28 None of the others at table understood why he said this.
Vrs29 Since Judas had charge of the common fund, some of them thought Jesus was telling him, ‘Buy what we need for the festival,’ or telling him to give something to the poor.
Vrs30 As soon as Judas had taken the piece of bread he went out. It was night.
Vrs31 When he had gone, Jesus said: Now has the Son of man been glorified, and in him God has been glorified.
Vrs32 If God has been glorified in him, God will in turn glorify him in himself, and will glorify him very soon.
Vrs33 Little children, I shall be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and, as I told the Jews, where I am going, you cannot come.
Vrs36 Simon Peter said, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ Jesus replied, ‘Now you cannot follow me where I am going, but later you shall follow me.’
Vrs37 Peter said to him, ‘Why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’
‘Lay down your life for me?’ answered Jesus. ‘In all truth I tell you, before the cock crows you will have disowned me three times.’
From the First Reading above, Isaiah the prophet was proclaiming how the Lord God has been with him right from the very beginning of his life till that moment. He proclaimed of the duties of evangelism and good works that the Lord God has so far assigned to him to carry out. Duties of evangelism and reconciliation between God and Man. We all as Catholics are called suit to become evangelist and witnesses to gospel of Jesus Christ depicting God the Father’s glory.
Isaiah said that it’s the the will of God that his word be proclaimed to “reach the remotest parts of earth”. That is why the Lord our God have not just ordained some of us clergies for this purpose, but have also called us all (Faithfuls and Clergies alike) to become light to the whole world. Lights through our Christ-like lives. To evangelize ain’t enough, said God.
“It is not enough for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel; I shall make you a light to the nations so that my salvation may reach the remotest parts of earth.” - Isaiah 49-6 above.
Jesus in the Gospel reading explained to his disciples that he has been glorified in God the Father. Jesus came to the world in response to God’s calling to him to become a messiah to the whole world. And in his calling he became a light leading people to God through his evangelism, life and personally being with God. And that, as proclaimed in the gospel today, has brought him glory from the Father (God).
Therefore, God have called us all to answer his calling on our lives today so that we might at the end glorify His name and in-turn be glorified in God just like Jesus was. Just as Jesus said:
“If God has been glorified in him, God will in turn glorify him in himself, and will glorify him very soon.” – John 13: 32 above.
Heaven shall be our everlasting portion when we all seek to glorify God.