Prayer of the Day
Wednesday in Holy WeekApril 1st, 2015
The tragedy of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas is once again recalled today in Matthew’s Gospel. From this account we learn that Judas went to the Jewish authorities and sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave. Then, as if nothing had happened, that evening he went in with the others to eat supper with Jesus. At the supper, which became the first Eucharistic meal, Jesus spoke about his imminent betrayal by one of them. The forthcoming death of Jesus is freely chosen and accepted by him but he is greatly saddened that it was initiated by one of his chosen ones “alas for that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born!” The disciples are deeply distressed and each one, even Judas asks “Not I, surely … Am I the one who has betrayed the Lord?” As the scene is set in a Eucharistic gathering, each one of us needs to ask ourselves the same question as we gather around the Eucharistic table. We remember the admonition given by St. Paul: “Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” (1. Corinthians 11:27).