Posted by: livingscripture | April 1, 2015

Wednesday of Holy Week

From the Word of the Day

 “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?  

They paid thirty pieces of silver.”

                                                                  (Matthew 26: 15)                                              

How should we live this WordLast Supper

At the Last Supper, Jesus announces that He will be betrayed by one of those eating with Him.  They are all upset and ask Him, “Surely it is not I, Lord?”  Even Judas asks Him and receives an answer that brings him face to face with his own freedom and responsibility, “You have said so”.  And Judas effectively accomplishes his betrayal, selling Jesus to the chief priests for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave.  Yet, he too was an apostle and had been with Jesus, listened to His message, and seen His miracles, and yet…for money, everything collapses.

Sometimes, we too sell God, preferring our comforts to Him, our egoism, success, pleasure, wealth.  Reading the Gospel, we too are called to respond, asking ourselves how valuable is the Lord to us.  We must examine our conscience, we who think we love the Lord in word, but then betray Him with our actions and accept cowardly compromises.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will remain with my Jesus and beg Him to help me be faithful to Him always, no matter the cost.

Lord, sustain me in times of temptation so that I may be aware of my attitudes and their consequence.  Help me to hold on to Your tender and merciful Love.

The Voice of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Contemporary Preacher

If I (Judas) have imitated him more or less in betrayal, let us not imitate him in his lack of trust in forgiveness.  There exists a sacrament in which it is possible to have a sure experience of Christ’s mercy – the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  How beautiful this sacrament is!  It is comforting to experience Jesus as Teacher, as Lord, but it is more comforting to experience Him as Redeemer.

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