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Wednesday of Holy Week

March 27, 2013

JMJ

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.

Entrance Antiphon:
At the Name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in Heaven and on the earth,
for the Lord became obedient unto death, death on a cross:
therefore Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Collect:
O God, who willed Your Son to submit for our sake
to the yoke of the Cross,
so that You might drive from us the power of the enemy,
grant us, Your servants, to attain the grace of the resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
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)

There is a greater woe
than death,

a greater curse
than searing pain,
a fate to be avoided
at all costs.

woe to that man
by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man
if he had never been born
~Matthew 26:24

There is a second death:

As for the cowards and unbelievers,
the depraved and murderers,
the fornicators and sorcerers,
the idol-worshippers and deceivers of every sort–
their lot is the fiery pool of burning sulfur,
the second death!
~Revelation 21:8

…that never ends!

There they will be tortured day and night,
forever and ever
~Revelation 20:10

This is the danger
that we court
when we betray
the Son of Man,
another Judas
rushing headlong
to our doom.

Far better fate
to die with Him!
To give our faces up to spitting,
give our backs to brutal blows,
to be an outcast,
bear the insults
for His sake.
This is a state
that leads to life:

The victor shall never be harmed
by the second death
~Revelation 2:11

Death rather than sin!
~St. Dominic Savio

Are you motivated to prefer temporary (earthly) suffering over sin?
When are you at risk of betraying Jesus?

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