WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Will You Love Him?
“Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand Him over.” Matthew 26:14-16
The gospel today shows the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. For what? Silver coins and the lust for money and things of this world over the love of Jesus' authentic friendship. Jesus invites each of us into this intimate friendship as well as discipleship with Him. Judas chose the lust of this world over Jesus' friendship. Likewise, we must face many temptations, which can keep us from this friendship Jesus offers us. So often we choose other things above Christ. Instead of loving Him we betray Him. Commit yourself today to loving Jesus. Our actions can both explicitly and implicitly show our gratitude or lack of gratitude for the God who gave us life. Next time you consider skipping Sunday Mass, choose to love Jesus instead of betraying Him. Next time all your friends invite you to get wasted at that party, choose to love Christ instead of betraying Him. I'm sure that you can think of hundreds of more examples of opportunities to love Christ. Desire to love Him; after all, He loved you first. He loves you so faithfully that He stretched out His arms and died for you. Let Him love you and love Him in return.
Holy Spirit, give us the grace and strength to lay down our life for Christ just as He did for us. To love Him instead of betraying Him. To take up our own crosses each day with joy. Amen.
Is 50:4-9a Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34 Mt 26:14-25