SURELY IT IS NOT I, LORD?

Wednesday 1st April – Wednesday of Holy Week

Reflection: Matthew 26:14-25

SURELY IT IS NOT I, LORD?

While they were eating, he said, ‘Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me,’ deeply distressed at this, they began to say to Him one after another, “surely it is not I, Lord?”

In the presence of Divinity, no one was sure of his innocence, and everyone asked, “Is it I?” yet, one of the apostles knew he was the traitor. Though Our Lord revealed His knowledge of the treason, Judas still had a fixed determination to do the evil. Notwithstanding the revelation of his evil intent, he was not ashamed to consummate it in all its ugliness. Some people turn away from sin, when the sins are put bluntly before them. They conceivably shrink from sowing their wild oats. Not so with Judas; he saw his treachery described clearly and still said, “Surely it is not I, Lord?”  In revealing His knowledge of the betrayal, Our Blessed Lord held open to Judas the opportunity for repentance. But, did he accept it? No!

Dear friends, today Christ offers us the same opportunity for repentance. Are we going to accept it and turn from our evil ways and plans? The psalmist says, “O that you will listen to His voice today, harden not your hearts” (Ps 95:7). If we have abandoned the truth and embraced falsehood because of personal gain; or decided to satisfy the pleasures of our heart at the expense of God; if we decided to flow with the contemporary world and live by its rules; if we have decided not to forgive or have conceived to do anything contrary to God’s ways; today is the day of repentance. That we may not be lost like Judas, let us harken to the clarion call to repentance and live for God

Beloved in Christ, rather than justifying our righteousness before God and saying, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” let us look into ourselves and see the aspects of our life that God is calling us to make amendments and let us pray for the grace to live for God.

PRAYER: From all trials and temptations, Lord, please save me, lest my soul perish. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 315 What is a sin in the first place?

A sin is a word, deed, or intention by which man deliberately and voluntarily offends against the true order of things, as God’s loving providence has arranged them. To sin means more than to violate some rules about which men have agreed. Sin turns freely and deliberately against God’s love and ignores him.

HIDE A TREASURE: “If you hear God’s voice, do not be stubborn as they were in the place called Rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15 CCB

Today’s Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9, Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31-34, Matthew 26:14-25

BETRAYAL

Tuesday 31st March – Tuesday of Holy Week

Reflection: John 13: 21-33, 36-38

BETRAYAL

Have you ever been betrayed by a loved one? If you have, you will possible know a bit of the distress of the heart of our blessed Saviour as He declared to His disciples His imminent betrayal by one of them. I say a bit because the hurt of betrayal is in proportion to the degree of intimacy and love that exists between the betrayed and the betrayer. Married couples can easily attest to this. However, what bond or love of ours can be compared to the one our Lord Jesus Christ has with disciples?

As we have read of Judas’ betrayal of the divine Master, may we ask ourselves in what ways we are betraying the love and trust of those around us. How much can you be trusted dear friend; how much can people confide in you? Are you the type that lets loose of things you are told in confidence simply because of a little misunderstanding between you and your friend? Dependability is a quality that is becoming rare in our time even amongst professed Christian. The spate of infidelity amongst married and intending couples; inconsistency in the polity and the unending division in the body of Christ practically illustrate this. As a youth, are you betraying the trust of your parents? Do you cook up lies for monetary or social gains?

Dear friend, much as there are consequences for the betrayal of the love and trust of our fellow human beings, of weightier consequence is the betrayal of the incomparable love of our Redeemer. It was for our love that He was crucified. Having professed our love and allegiance to Him, shall we then continue to betray His love and injure His sacred heart through deliberate acts of sin? To do such is to work as the enemy of the cross of Christ to which St Paul declared a destructive end (Phil 3: 17-19). Please let us beware of this!

PRAYER: Oh Lord! Please grant me a true and loyal heart. One that is forever faithful to You and protects the trust and love of those around me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 456 – What should you do if you have lied to, deceived, or betrayed someone?

Every offense against truth and justice, even if it has been forgiven, demands reparation.If one cannot make amends publicly for a lie or false testimony, one must at least do whatever one can secretly. If one cannot compensate the injured party directly for the wrong, one is obliged in conscience to give him moral satisfaction, in other words, one must do his best so as to make at least symbolic reparation.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Who, then, can separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble do it, or hardship or persecution or hunger or poverty or danger or death?” Romans 8:35 GNB

Today’s Readings: Isaiah 49: 1-6; Psalm 71: 1-6, 15, 17; John 13: 21-33, 36-38