Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him (Jn 13:31). Jesus speaks these words right after Judas leaves to arrange his arrest. He is telling his disciples that his coming crucifixion and death is a beginning, not an end. Shakespeare’s line “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones” (from his play Julius Caesar) is absolutely overturned in this Scripture. Jesus is incarnate good, and when to all earthly appearances he gets wiped out by evil, his goodness bursts forth in the light of resurrection. I remember a friend who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and immediately went on a retreat. “I just needed to be assured,” she told me, “that my life had made a difference to God’s work in the universe.” As we face death, we all need that assurance, that we have made a difference, that the good we have done is not interred with our bones. Jesus is giving us that perspective here as he talks about his death as a glorification. We are glorified every time we meet suffering with love like Jesus, when we persist in being loving no matter what. And then God’s glory, which is love, is increased. Our earthly bodies may pass away, but our love will never pass away. A powerful message on this 5th Sunday of Easter.
– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia