Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/040115.cfm
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?” He said, “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.”
Today has traditionally been known as “Spy Wednesday” because this is the day Judas approached the chief priests and agreed to hand over Jesus. How many times do we betray Jesus by our actions? We claim to live by Him, but follow the world instead. We sit back and watch what goes on in our world but do not do anything to fix it. What can you do in your corner of your world to proclaim Christ instead of deny Him? Are you willing to proclaim Alleluia at Easter and mean it?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know I betray you often in the things I do and the things I do not do. Guide me on the path of your righteous Lord so my Alleluia will be joyfully proclaimed at the Resurrection of your Son. In Jesus’ holy name I ask this, Amen.
Lord, in your great love, answer me.