Tuesday: 16th April, 2019
Reference text : John 13:21-33, 36-38
John 13:23-24 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.
Amongst the twelve disciples, if you were asked off the top of your head to name one most likely to run out of words to say, Peter would certainly not be the first on this list. In fact, it even seems He spoke the most among the twelve in conversations recorded in the Gospels. However, today we notice that although clearly curious to also know who would betray Jesus, he kept quiet and rather signalled John to pose the question.
Mind you, it wasn’t that Peter was afraid to ask the question himself. He had already given evidence of the kind of person he was when he dared to pull Jesus aside to rebuke him at the mention of his Passion, (Matt 16:22) so he wasn’t a shy guy.
What he does is to make use of John’s physical positional proximity to Jesus at dinner, to ensure that the question was asked. This is often where we get things wrong, striking the fine balance between ‘INDEPENDENCE’ AND ‘COMPLEMENTATION’. By society’s evolutionary trend, Help or Assistance is now thought of in a downward vertical sense; flowing from the strong to the weak.
Therefore, in order not to be branded as the latter, we hide under the umbrella of ‘more autonomy’ and ‘self confidence’. But you know what, nothing weighs a person down a lot faster than a refusal to reach out, network and establish complementary relationships. The reality is you can never know it all and neither will you be able to do everything, all the time just by yourself. You need others – hence, the near impossibility for any single part of the body to exist entirely independently.
Those, my dear, are some of the hard truths we will need to realise about life.