Today’s Gospel reading comes from the Last Supper. Judas has just left the table and gone out into the darkness, intending to betray Jesus to his enemies. Before the night is over, Jesus will be arrested, and the next day he will be crucified. And yet, Jesus says that he is about to be ‘glorified.’ What can he mean?
Jesus’ whole life on earth was driven by his love for God the Father. He was ready to go to his death on the Cross, because this would complete his Father’s plan. The Cross was glorious because it brought about the fulfilment of God’s plan of salvation. Jesus knew that his Father would raise him up, from death to glory.
The new commandment that Jesus gives to his disciples is, ‘Love one another just as I have loved you.’ It’s an awe-inspiring commandment; Jesus went to the Cross for love of us, and he asks us to show the same love to one another. We may not have to prove our love by dying, but Jesus calls us to give our lives in love and service of others. This, the Lord tells us, is how we will be known as disciples of Christ – by our love for one another.