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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 "" Commentary -- Betrayal to glorification: A new i i commentary for 14, 1995, Fifth Cycle C, John gospel-may seem a bit On this fifth Sunday we are still celebrating of Jesus. However, takes us back to the The author of this he gospel has just de- is readers a brief dia- Simon Peter and Disciple," then be- Jesus and this unnamed dis- so close to him and finally between Since the theology of John's that nothing happen to Jesus command or at least his per- Jesus-commands Judas, "What you do, do hands Judas a piece of bread, accepts it and leaves to do his work. today's gospel reading. It is Jesus' Unusual reaction to the betrayal which en ordered to complete. Instead of fact that someone close to him had as we would, Jesus says: "Now man glorified and in him God is glori- glorified in him, God will also glorify nd glorify him at once." This sen- One of many riddles or crosses for inter- of the Gospel of John. "Son of man" is a name applied to Christian theology after some reflection Book of Daniel. This book was an expression of Jewish patriotism to a persecuted people. Daniel has a vi- By FATHER DON DILGER COLUMNIST sion in which he sees four beasts come up out of the sea. Each one of these beasts, we are told, repre- sents a kingdom or empire that had oppressed the Jewish people. Finally, Daniel sees not a beast but a human being. This human being does not come out of the sea like the four beasts. Instead he comes into view on clouds. He ap- proaches "the Ancient of Days," presumably God. He is given a kingdom and power and glory. His kingdom would last forever. In the Aramaic language in which this story is written the term for a human being is "Son of man." In the Book of Daniel this "Son of man" represents the Jewish nation. The point is that the Jewish na- tion would overcome all those beastly kingdoms which had oppressed it both in the past and at the very time in which the Book of Daniel was written. In reflecting on this passage in Daniel, Christian theologians saw its fulfillment in Jesus and applied the term "Son of man" to Jesus. What began as a symbol in about 165 B.C. evolved in Christian theology into a description of Jesus res- urrected to glory and power. No wonder the theol- ogy of John's gospel puts Jesus totally in charge even of his betrayer. The betrayer therefore becomes the immedi- ate agent that brings about Jesus' glorification, since he cannot be glorified until he has laid down his life on the cross. This is why Jesus speaks about his glorification immediately after Judas leaves, what Judas has brought about is to put Jesus on the clouds of heaven with all the glory and power and kingdom attributed to that sym- commandment bolic Son of man or human being in the Book of Daniel. The sentence in which John has expressed these thoughts is very difficult. Basically it means that through his death Jesus will become known and honored in his true idefitity. Furthermore, John's somewhat unintelligible Greek informs us that as Jesus becomes known and praised for what he is, so the Father also will become known and praised through Jesus. John adds that this will hap- pen "at once." The whole process begins with the be- trayal ordered by Jesus, orchestrated by Judas, and ending with Jesus' resurrection-ascension. In the second part of today's gospel Jesus says: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another." This commandment is really not that new. The Old Testament was quite explicit in the' command of love: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," meaning within the community of Israel. Later this command was extended to non-Israelite members of the community, even strangers. So what's new about the commandment of Jesus to love one another? Two possibilities: Jesus adds: =As I have loved you," that is, he was willing to give his life for them. Those who would follow Jesus are asked to do the same. History is full of examples of followers of Jesus who have done this. The other possibility is to translate the Greek word for "new" as "novel," something not well known or not prac- ticed. Thus the command of Jesus to love would be a witness against something as old as Christianity it- self. Beginning with most of the authors of our New Testament, Christians have always betrayed this commandment of Jesus by exhibiting prejudice, even hatred, toward those who disagree with them. NOVEL, INDEED! We can do better. Readings: Acts 14:21-27: Revelation 21:1.5o. 1," (rltiS l Peoples I teded at St. Mary Catholic Church, MIm Trust .Company  ..... ToWnship for Sunday Mass I0 a.m. SOUTH MAIN STReeT P.O. BOX 191 No need to be Catholic LINTON, INDIANA 4744"1 ,, lather Frank Renner {812) 486-3375 a message Itesume to All Saints Catholic Cannelburg, IN 47519 Parish, Tell City, Indiana, is seeking a full- Director to be a part of a Pastoral community of 1,250 families seeks a skills in liturgy, ministry training, vocal, Id keyboard. BA in music required, liturgy pre- salary with benefits. Send Resume to: Fr. Dan Staublin, 814 Jefferson Street, Tell City, IN 47586 ]j [ ) ,:f tu,lti!t r,,', ',Y[i r!{[,! ; , , ), I I ,;i i , r Catholic Colnnmnit? of 1,300 families xvith siro.g limr- responsibility bases. Will coordinale mimslry and programs for youth aged 13 --- 18. degree, preferably in theology, youth ministry Nd. Extensive benefit package. reSUme and three letters of reference by May 20 to: Ftll!lST[l fll(H (o/l/'lrl]fE, (iiU(il of file {PtflNY, 914 q.b llflllOb CI[K tb,, LUISVILLE, Iff 40275, llor of 7_lifitrtl anb :ttic parish in Rural/Suburban Indiana near seeks exemplary practicing Catholic for of Coordinator of Liturgy and Music. Respon- liturgy and music planning and coordina- ; organ playing; and development of :e preferred. Compensation commen- and experience. ee of the Knobs Catholic Church Rd. IN 47119 available July 1, 1995 Pastor: Rev. Gregory Chamberlain, O.S.B. Associate Pastor: Rev. Godfrey Mullen, O.S.B. Special Assistance: Rev. ltarold Hammerstein, O.S:B. RCIA Director/DRE: Sister Mary Agnes Sennersheim, O.S.B. Music Minister: Bernadette Haury Business Manager: Bob Mchringer Financial Accountant: Georgia Muenslerman Parish Secretary: Pat Levell Total families: 1,254 Total parishioners: 4,566