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WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK

The unfolding of the cruel betrayal has been all over the place. For the past couple of days, Jesus informed us of the plan, his passion prediction and the would-be betrayer as a close friend, a trusted ally, an intimate companion belonging to the inner circle. In other words, the betrayer is an insider. We meditated on the development and prayerfully followed the event in the sacred writings since Palm Sunday and today, often called, spy Wednesday comes the execution of the treacherous plan. Judas delivered his Master into the hands of the enemy. He sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver all for love of money, an all-powerful temptation. 

Have you sold your soul?

Let us characterize Judas. I bet when he became a disciple, he had every intention to believe and was wholeheartedly determined to follow Jesus. But how did he end up in such a state? How did Satan convinced him to do such a scornful act? What happened to him is true in religious and spiritual life as we become closer to God. Truth is, we bring our human weakness into the company of faith. We take our baggage with us and not leave them behind. If we are not synced and tuned in,  satan will get in. 

When Jesus told them as they were reclining at table while eating that "one of you will betray me", it was unimaginably shocking to those around the table. They (the  disciples) had no idea. They began to ask one another, "Surely it is not I, Lord." The tension within the group is palpable. I figured it made all of them uncomfortable. It must have ruined the whole dinnertime. As you know, it wasn't just a meal. It was a highly symbolic gesture: communion in every sense of the word. I thought we were in this together. Amen.