May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/041217.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.”

Again we read of the betrayal of Jesus. Judas knew what he was doing, but tried to deny it, even to himself. Jesus saying it would be better not to have been born if you betray Him should be a warning to all of us. We all betray Jesus daily, some more than others. But the ones who do not repent are the ones most in danger of eternal damnation. How have you betrayed Jesus? Have you repented?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am sorry for the times I have betrayed you. I ask for your help to stay on your path and the mercy to be forgiven when I fall. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Lord, in your great love, answer me.

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