Wednesday of Holy Week — Spy Wednesday
Wednesday of Holy Week is traditionally known as “Spy Wednesday” because Judas made a bargain with the high priest to hand over Jesus for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:13). Judas’s betrayal directly leads to Jesus’ being taken into custody, followed by the way of the Cross, and ultimately the crucifixion – all for thirty pieces of silver.
We, too, like Judas, have betrayed Jesus. How often have we broken bread with Jesus only to sell him out for money or our own selfish desires, out of ambition, out of greed, out of anger, hatred, revenge or even violence for our own personal gain? We have free will and we can, like Judas, either abandon him in despair or return to him in repentance, expressing our sorrow. When we do so, he pours out a torrent of his tender love and mercy upon us, filling us with an abundance of grace. For, his love is without limits; his mercy is infinite.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux wrote: “I feel that even had I on my conscience every crime one could commit, I should lose nothing of my confidence: my heart broken with sorrow, I would throw myself into the Arms of my Savior. I know that He loves the Prodigal Son, I have heard His words to St. Mary Magdalen, to the woman taken in adultery, and to the woman of Samaria. No one could frighten me, for I know what to believe concerning His Mercy and His Love. And I know that all that multitude of sins would disappear in an instant, even as a drop of water cast into a flaming furnace.”
“Judas is neither a master of evil nor the figure of a demoniacal power of darkness but rather a sycophant who bows down before the anonymous power of changing moods and current fashion. But it is precisely this anonymous power that crucified Jesus, for it was anonymous voices that cried, “Away with him! Crucify him!” — Pope Benedict XVI
~ copyright Jean M. Heimann 2017