Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Holy Week (23rd March, 2016) on the Gospel


Is 50:4-9;
Ps 68:8-10.21-22.31.33-34 (R. v. 14);
Matt 26:14-25.

Topic: Complicated case.

Yesterday, we identified a hardened heart as the most deadly disease. In today’s gospel, Judas was paid thirty pieces of silver by the chief priests for the betrayal of Jesus. He was already strategizing on how to execute this plan before Jesus’ Passover with them (the apostles).

And while at table, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The gospel captured the apostles’ feelings in these words, “And they became greatly distressed.” No need adding with the exception of the betrayer. They asked Him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?” Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.” He also warned of the impending danger, “The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” To show how deadly a hardened heart is, despite all these Judas courageously asked Him, “Surely not I Rabbi?” Jesus replied, “You have said so.”

We see Judas in today’s gospel trying to cover up his hardened heart with hypocrisy thereby complicating the matter. And none of the other apostles knew what he had in mind otherwise their reaction would have been more serious than when they felt that James and John were trying to hijack the apostolic college, cf. Matt 20:20-24.

Have you ever hidden your true self? And what did you hope to achieve? There is need for us to open to God. This makes it easier for us to receive the necessary help needed, cf. Matt 11:28.

Bible Reading: Ps 85; Col 3:1-17.

Thought for today: Hypocrisy worsens situations.

Let us pray: Lord, help us to be open to You and to our brothers and sisters – Amen.

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