Wednesday 17 April 2019
WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK
Isaiah 50:4-9. Psalm 68(69):8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34. Matthew 26:14-25.
Lord, in your great love, answer me – Psalm 68(69):8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34.
‘They paid him thirty pieces of silver.’
It is easy to judge someone like Judas and profess we stand above this sort of sneaky behaviour. Selling out a close friend for a bag of silver is a despicable act, but betrayal can take other forms. We can damage important relationships by selfish actions. We can forgo a courageous moral stand because it seems unpopular. Perhaps we choose to advance our power and position in society at the cost of helping others in need. Thus we betray something that really matters. Following Jesus’ example asks us to make considered moral choices, to put others’ needs before our own, and to love our neighbours and our enemies.
Once Judas had ‘cashed in’ on his friendship with Jesus, he was left with regret and sorrow, alienated from Jesus and his community. Lord, may we remember the sorrow of Judas and strengthen our commitment to love and to living your Way.