Our retelling of Jesus' life through the prism of John's gospel is taking a definitive turn. With the ending of chapter 12 we close out Jesus' public ministry. We stand now on the precipice of his final days. His words and actions during the Last Supper reflect the self-awareness that the hour has finally come. He will prepare himself and the disciples for His greatest act of love, indeed, the greatest act of love ever displayed in the full range of the human story.