On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 17, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We know the Word of God is alive and active. It is powerful and gives life. In an instant our lives can be transformed when the Lord our God breathes His Word into our hearts. And so a disciple seeks His Master’s Word by coming into His presence day after day. Desiring the grace to remain steadfast and faithful. Through this experience the tongue is discipled. It speaks only to glorify the ever living God.

How then can a disciple betray the Master by his or her own very words? When we try to justify our ill intentions or try to rationalise them. When our words tear down and cause grievous hurt. When we are in denial of our sinful choices. When we allow pride to dictate what we say. When we offer lip service to our Lord and our brethren with no commitment or dedication to put our words into action. All these are a result of hearts empty of the Word of God.

Jesus my Lord, I seek You daily that I may serve You worthily according to Your will. Grant me your grace and mercy that I may love You and my brethren evermore dearly. 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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