“WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE ME IF I HAND HIM OVER TO YOU?” MT 26:14-25
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,
went to the chief priests and said,
“What are you willing to give me
if I hand him over to you?”
They paid him thirty pieces of silver,
and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
the disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Where do you want us to prepare
for you to eat the Passover?”
“Go into the city to a certain man and tell him,
‘The teacher says, “My appointed time draws near;
in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”‘”
The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered,
and prepared the Passover.
When it was evening,
he reclined at table with the Twelve.
And while they were eating, he said,
“Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Deeply distressed at this,
they began to say to him one after another,
“Surely it is not I, Lord?”
He said in reply,
“He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me
is the one who will betray me.
The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”
Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply,
“Surely it is not I, Rabbi?”
He answered, “You have said so.”
Judas betrayed Jesus for about $300 in today’s money. Judas and our sins put Jesus on the cross. What we must realize is that our sin is not what hurts Jesus but it distances us from Him. That hurts because He gave all to bring everyone together as a family.
Sin hurts us and the people around us. It’s all about relationships. Jesus was betrayed by one of His closest followers. Oh, how much it hurts when we are betrayed by one of our closest loved ones and friends.
God wants our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. He is all in. He gives all. He is forever faithful. He is love-it’s all He can do. Love wills the good of the other. God ALWAYS wills our good. If anything bad happens to us, it is a result of sin. His love is a sacrificial love which brings forth a new life for us to live free of sin and death forever with him in heaven.
A free sacramental gift of Himself that transforms us. What is something you have given all to? What were the results? Now, think about what would happen if you do this in your spiritual life with God who has the power to heal, save, raise, and love.
Today’s challenge: Ask for forgiveness to those you have betrayed. This Holy Week go all in with God and see what happens. Worry less about money, power, pleasure, honor, and more about your soul.
Be a servant, become a saint!