Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday of Holy Week
Today’s Gospel reading sets the stage for Jesus’ betrayal by Judas.  I have often wondered what was the root cause for betrayal by such a trusted and loyal disciple; did Judas become disillusioned with the way in which Jesus conducted himself, maybe hoping for a more aggressive message that would incite rebellion against the Romans?  Was he hoping to become a leader within the “Kingdom” that Jesus frequently spoke of, having a place of power within the new government? It is amazing that as close as Judas was to Jesus, the years he spent hearing Jesus’ message and witnessing His miracles, that he was not able to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God.  Due to his closed mindedness and narrow vision, Judas was never able to accept Jesus for who He was. Judas had his own agenda and wanted Jesus to conform to that agenda.  Judas did not understand that he was the one who needed to change.  By opening his heart to the message of God, he could have been transformed thus recognizing God as the center of his being.  But Judas made the choice to betray Jesus, and in doing so, made the choice to reject God.
How often do we as Christians attempt to shape God to our agenda instead of allowing God to shape us?  How frequently do we use God for our own purpose instead of changing ourselves to fit God’s purpose?  God cannot be changed; we must allow God to change us.
May the strength of God pilot us.  May the power of God preserve us.  May the wisdom of God instruct us. May the hand of God protect us.
Margaret Briand, M‘12, Student Health Services
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34
Gospel: Matthew 26:14-25
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

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