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Wednesday of Holy Week

March 31, 2010

Blessed Spy Wednesday!

Spy Wednesday is a popular term, not a liturgical one,
yet it describes Judas’ new position among the disciples.
Today he becomes a spy among the Twelve, an informer for the enemy,
waiting for the opportune moment to hand over his Lord to condemnation and death.

Father, in Your plan of salvation
Your Son Jesus Christ accepted the cross
and freed us from the power of the enemy.
May we come to share the glory of His resurrection,
for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Opening Prayer for today’s Mass)

Isaiah 50:4-9 (God’s Suffering Servant will not be deterred)
Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34 “Lord, in Your great love, answer me.”
+Matthew 26:14-25 (Judas’ first betrayal and Jesus’ subtle invitation to repentance)

What’s your price?
(they say everyone has one)

Can you, like Judas, be bought for thirty pieces of silver?
Yes, Judas thought he was selling Jesus,
just as Joseph’s brothers thought they were selling Joseph
for twenty pieces of silver (Genesis 37:28).
Yet in each case, what they were really selling was themselves–selling themselves short.

For thirty pieces of silver, Judas sold his place in the Kingdom,
sold his throne among the Twelve (see Luke 22:30),
sold his soul.

Jesus is in the business of buying souls, but not for such a pittance.
“You have been purchased, and at a price!” (I Corinthians 6:20)
“…not by any diminishable sum of silver or gold,
but by Christ’s Blood beyond all price:
the Blood of a spotless, unblemished Lamb
chosen before the world’s foundation
and revealed for your sake in these last days” (I Peter 1:18-20).

Jesus’ price is unswerving obedience to His Father in His radical plan for our redemption.
That’s the price He paid, the price He expects.
There is no bargaining Him down; no enticements or threats can move Him.
“I gave My back to those who beat Me,
My cheeks to those who plucked My beard;
My Face I did not shield from buffets and spitting” (Isaiah 50:6).
He will settle for nothing less.
Unlike Judas, He loves us too much for that. He deems us far too valuable.
“the Son of God…loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, emphasis added).

Will we sell ourselves for less?

Yours at full price,

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