May 22, 2022 Jesus keeps saying it, keeps repeating it that night: Let not your heart be troubled. But it’s difficult to imagine a more troubling context in which to try to say such a thing! Jesus keeps talking about peace, but all hell is about to break loose on Jesus and on his band of followers. In fact, the mayhem at hand has already begun. Judas has already fled the table by the time Jesus says the words contained in our reading for today from John 14. What’s more, Peter’s impending denials of Jesus has also been foretold. The atmosphere is as taut as a snare drum. It is also unspeakably sad.

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