March 23, 2016 – Spy Wednesday

March 23, 2016 –

Wednesday in Holy Week – also called, Spy Wednesday (disregard the date)

 Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Isaiah 50:4-9

Psalm 69

Matthew 26:14-25

“Then, Judas, his betrayer said [to Jesus] ‘Surely it is not I, Rabbi? To which Jesus said, ‘You have said so!’” (The ending of today’s Holy Gospel)

My mother, who was baptized as a child but not really raised as a Catholic until she met up with my father, was, nonetheless somewhat spiritual by the time I was in school. I have a clear memory of one Holy Week when I was in 4th or 5th grade and my mother telling me and my older sister to go to our bedrooms and read one of the Gospel accounts of the Passion. It’s somewhat odd, that, the question I had – after spending part of the traditional “Three Hours” – was: “Well, if Judas didn’t do it … one of the other apostles or someone else would have had to do it!” Years later, attending of stage production of the musical, “Godspell,” I still have a vivid picture of the Judas character acting in mime with his hands held out above his head and pushing against an invisible box as if he were caught inside and couldn’t get out.” In yesterday’s reflection I said, some people have said that Judas aught to be a saint since he was instrumental in making it possible for Jesus to be arrested and then crucified for our redemption. I also said, “but that’s not the point since God/Jesus isn’t interested in calling people to follow Him who are just robots or actors in a religious drama. The question for all of us is, “How do we follow Jesus and let something about that decision begin to transform us from just being people after their own interests to people who can begin to bring about positive change in their own lives and the lives of people that they encounter. It all seems to come down to our asking ourselves, “what do we want to be and why?” What is it that changes someone who is like a “Mother Teresa” with care and concern for others, who then becomes a terrorist? I’ll leave you with that thought but hope that someone might contact me with a few suggestions. If I jog my memory back to my own growing up years I think I always wanted to be a saint! But that was before I got out into the real world with all the many options and choices. Still, given who I am today, I think I might be on the better half of the road to something great! The choices are always there. May God inspire us to always choose wisely! Amen

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