“…you cannot come.” (John 7:34, 8:21, 13:33, 13:36)
Lord Jesus said this multiple times, to different audiences.
At Holy Mass today, we hear Him say it to the Pharisees. He went on to tell them that they would die in their sins, because they did not believe in Him, did not believe in God incarnate, the only-begotten eternal Word made man.
The Lord also said the exact same sentence to another group of people, and then to one of them in particular. Anyone remember? “Where I am going, you cannot come.”
To the Apostles at the Last Supper. And then particularly to St. Peter. “Where I am going you cannot come.”
But Jesus did not tell St. Peter and the Apostles that they would die in their sins. Instead, He gave them a commandment, and then made them a promise.
Who remembers the commandment?
“Love one another.”
Who remembers the promise? ‘Where I am going, you cannot come now, but…’
“You shall follow afterward.”
En otras palabras: When we look upon Christ lifted up, skewered to the cross in agony, dereliction, and death–when we look upon Him with His arms outstretched between heaven and earth–when we gaze upon the crucifix and see not defeat and meaninglessness, but rather the burning light of God’s eternal love–when we see Jesus with faith, we do not die in our sins. No. We live for glory eternal.