Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Holy Week (22nd March, 2016) on the Gospel

Is 49:1-6;
Ps 70:1-6.15.17 (R. v. 15);
Jn 13:21-33.36-38.

Topic: Most deadly disease.

One of the things Jesus repeated a number of times is the role one of His apostles would play in His death. It is also in today’s gospel, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The reaction of His disciples and especially the question asked by John led Jesus into being more direct. He replied “‘It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.’ So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot.”

However, despite all these Judas did not move an inch. What could have been his problem? The gospel describes him as a thief, cf. Jn 12:6. Money according to the book of Ecclesiastes “answers everything” (Eccl 10:19). Yet “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money; nor he who loves wealth, with gain: this also is vanity” (Eccl 5:10). Through the prophet Isaiah God invites us to come to Him and be satisfied at no cost. cf. Is 55:1. He worries why we spend our energy in useless things, cf. Is 55:2.

The Word of God is preached today more than ever. And the central message of every gospel that deserves the name is “... repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:15; cf. Mk 1:4). Yet we find it difficult to accept the gospel especially when it touches the area we consider sacred like the Pharisees, cf. Lk 16:1-14.

Hardening of the heart kills more than any other deadly disease. Judas among others suffered this. Dear friends, let us harden our hearts no longer but repent and believe the gospel (cf. Ps 95:8). The money Judas pursued to the extent of betraying Jesus did not profit him anything, cf. Matt 27:3-5. What do you think you will gain from what prevents you from accepting the gospel?

Bible Reading: Is 55:1-13.

Thought for today: Nothing is better than God.

Let us pray: Lord, give us your grace to keep all your commandments – Amen.

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