23 March 2016
Wednesday of Holy Week
Is 50:4 – 9a / Mt 26:14 – 25
From the 1st Reading: Is 50:6 – 7, 9a
I offered my back to those who strike me, my cheeks to those who pulled my beard; neither did I shield my face from blows, spittle and disgrace. I have not despaired, for the Lord Yahweh comes to my help. So, like a flint I set my face, knowing that I will not be disgraced. . . . If the Lord Yahweh is my help, who will condemn me?
Gospel Reading: Mt 26:14 - 25
Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went off to the chief priests and said, "How much will you give me if I hand him over to you?" They promised to give him thirty pieces of silver, and from then on he kept looking for the best way to hand him over to them.
On the first day of the Festival of the Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and said to him, "Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?" Jesus answered, "Go into the city, to the house of a certain man, and tell him: 'The Master says: My hour is near, and I will celebrate the Passover with my disciples in your house." The disciples did as Jesus had ordered and prepared the Passover meal.
When it was evening, Jesus sat at the table with the Twelve. While they were eating, Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you: one of you will betray me." They were deeply distressed and asked him in turn, "You do not mean me, do you, Lord?"
He answered, "He who will betray me is one of those who dips his bread in the dish with me. The Son of Man is going as the Scriptures say he will. But alas for that one who betrays the Son of Man; better for him not to have been born." Judas, who was betraying him, also asked, "You do not mean me, Master, do you?" Jesus replied, "You have said it."
These days, steadfastness is a rare commodity. It is much easier to switch sides based on convenience or opportunity. Politicians take advantage of this weakness all the time; people's votes are easily bought if the price is right – but at what cost? On a smaller scale, it happens, too. Friendships can be traded for reputation. Loyalty is stolen through agenda. And standing for what is right is often given up due to indifference or fear.
Today's gospel recounts the betrayal of Judas. He gives up our Lord for a few pieces of silver. Are we any better? Do we stop standing for Christian values when it starts costing us our time, reputation or resources? Or do we remain faithful to the teachings of the gospel, because we know that the freedom it gives is what's truly priceless? What is the price of our loyalty to Jesus?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Rose Marie Tiu
Ijin Dan Almario Tan
Raul & Susan Aquino
For the speedy and complete healing of Armando James Cruz
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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