Lent 2012: Day Forty-Two – Holy Tuesday

Luke 22:51 But Jesus said, ‘No more of this!’ And he touched his ear and healed him.

I haven’t read today’s quite long passage (Luke 22:24-53) for some time, and I realised something I haven’t before.

I remembered clearly and was moved by Jesus healing a soldier’s ear before being led to his death by these same soldiers. What I didn’t remember was Jesus’ exasperated attempts to help Simon Peter to understand what was going on. Peter, who likes questions, tells Jesus that he will stand by him to prison and to death. But Jesus tells him he will betray him. As his disciples rally up to defend him, Jesus sarcastically comments ‘oh yes forget what I said before about turning the left cheek and giving your cloak to someone in need, swap your coat for a sword instead. That’s fine.’ Ignorantly the disciples with him do just that, and then fall asleep.

The soldiers came and Jesus ordered his disciples to stop trying to fight. “No more of this”, put down the swords. He healed the man’s ear, and walked with them, to his death.

Don’t seem like great disciples there now do they? But we must remember that Jesus’ disciples were more than just the twelve men, and as we all make mistakes so did they. We can learn from them. And I suppose a rather key point to take away is that when we are afraid and even when we are threatened, violence is not always the forward.

Holy Week continues…

Luke 22:51 But Jesus said, ‘No more of this!’ And he touched his ear and healed him.

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One Response to Lent 2012: Day Forty-Two – Holy Tuesday

  1. enitsirk24 says:

    I have been in awe of Jesus healing the ear as well. Jesus cannot stop caring for anyone, no matter what.

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