On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 28, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Whom are you a disciple of?

If you say Jesus, what are the external signs, the fruits of your faith in Him? Are you obedient unto Him? Always attentive and eager to hear His word? Are you open to weary and downtrodden? Willing and able by your discipleship to bring comfort, peace and joy?

Or are You a disciple only in name? Quick to let go and sell away Jesus Christ of whom you call Lord? For thirty pieces of what the world offers? Fame, fortune, pornography, unlimited entertainment, honour amongst men and women, pleasures of the flesh and so on…

O Jesus my Lord, let the declaration of my love for You be surely “I am Your disciple.” By my words, deeds and the way I live my life according to Your will. Amen

First reading

Isaiah 50:4-9
Who thinks he has a case against me? Let him approach me

The Lord has given me
a disciple’s tongue.
So that I may know how to reply to the wearied
he provides me with speech.
Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear.

For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard;I did not cover my face against insult and spittle.

The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults.
So, too, I set my face like flint;I know I shall not be shamed.

My vindicator is here at hand. Does anyone start proceedings against me?
Then let us go to court together.
Who thinks he has a case against me? Let him approach me.

The Lord is coming to my help, who will dare to condemn me?

Gospel

Matthew 26:14-25
‘The Son of Man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will’

One of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you?’ They paid him thirty silver pieces, and from that moment he looked for an opportunity to betray him.
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus to say, ‘Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the passover?’ ‘Go to so-and-so in the city’ he replied ‘and say to him, “The Master says: My time is near. It is at your house that I am keeping Passover with my disciples.”’ The disciples did what Jesus told them and prepared the Passover.
When evening came he was at table with the twelve disciples. And while they were eating he said ‘I tell you solemnly, one of you is about to betray me.’ They were greatly distressed and started asking him in turn, ‘Not I, Lord, surely?’ He answered, ‘Someone who has dipped his hand into the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of Man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born!’ Judas, who was to betray him; asked in his turn, ‘Not I, Rabbi, surely?’ ‘They are your own words’ answered Jesus.

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