Wednesday, March 23 – Sue Hymel
Gospel: MT 26:14-25
One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,
went to the chief priests and said,
“What are you willing to give me
if I hand him over to you?”
They paid him thirty pieces of silver,
and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
the disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Where do you want us to prepare
for you to eat the Passover?”
“Go into the city to a certain man and tell him,
‘The teacher says, “My appointed time draws near;
in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”’”
The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered,
and prepared the Passover.
When it was evening,
he reclined at table with the Twelve.
And while they were eating, he said,
“Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Deeply distressed at this,
they began to say to him one after another,
“Surely it is not I, Lord?”
He said in reply,
“He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me
is the one who will betray me.
The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”
Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply,
“Surely it is not I, Rabbi?”
He answered, “You have said so.”
How much you remind me how easy it is to betray Jesus. How easy to convince myself that it is for a good reason.
I truly believe that Judas thought he had honorable intentions for his decision. Whether those intentions were to “force Jesus’ hand” into acting more quickly and forcefully as a Messiah; or whether it was that he had given up on Him.
I feel sorry for Judas because I can see his humanness. He was impatient and wanted Jesus to be what he thought a messiah should be. How many times do I question why things happen or rather why God isn’t making things happen in our world? I second guess instead of just accepting Jesus as He is and trusting that all will turn out well in the end if we just have patience and acceptance and follow Him.
I also think that Jesus called out the betrayal to his disciples so that each one of them would look inward and look for short comings or doubts. It reminds me of how we should prepare for the sacrament of Reconciliation. We should examine our actions and the reasons for them. We need to ask why we aren’t following His word.
I believe that sometimes God sends us trials or has us fail at some things so that it reminds us that we aren’t perfect and we need to stop and take a look inwardly, to be more humble and know that we only achieve the things we do through God’s help.
“God our Father, we are exceedingly frail and indisposed to every virtuous and gallant undertaking. Strengthen our weakness, we beseech you that we may do valiantly in this spiritual war; help us against our own negligence and cowardice, and defend us from the treachery of our unfaithful hearts; for Jesus Christ’s sake.” (Prayer of Thomas a Kempis)
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