Tuesday of Holy Week is when Jesus predicts his death
and we focus on what it means to follow him.
In the Gospel at Mass today, we are given a little preview into Jesus predicting what would happen to him. Though he was fully human, Jesus was also fully God and knew what would happen. He predicted both Judas’ betrayal (which we will think about a bit more tomorrow) and Peter’s denial. He also tells the disciples that he “will be glorified”. The disciples don’t really understand that for Jesus to be glorified, he must first suffer and die.
Jesus tells the disciples he will not be with them much longer and tries to prepare them for what will take place. Even then, Peter insists he will continue to follow Jesus.
As we know, Peter did deny Jesus when the time came for him to stand up to others as a follower of his. Maybe we can think of a time where we didn’t stand up for something? Sometimes, following Jesus means being brave to stay close to him, even when things get tough. When we stay close to Jesus in all we do, even in the hard times, we will see his glory!
Let us ask Jesus today for the courage to follow him!