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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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Holy Week

Isaiah 50:4-9
Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34
Matthew 26:14-25

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“what are you looking for?” (jn 1:38)

“From that time on [Judas] kept looking for an opportunity to hand [Jesus] over.” —Matthew 26:16

Judas Iscariot spent some of Holy Week with his eyes fixed on Jesus (Heb 3:1; 12:2). But Judas wasn’t watching Jesus for the purpose of growing as His disciple, though outwardly Judas was an apostle. In fact, Judas was apparently a powerful enough apostle that when Jesus mentioned at the Last Supper that one of the Twelve would betray Him, none of the other eleven disciples thought to accuse Judas of being that betrayer. Instead, they considered themselves more likely to be the betrayer, saying, “Is it I, Lord?” (see Mt 26:22)
What about us? What are we looking for this Holy Week and Triduum? Are we watching the calendar counting down the days for Lent to be over so we can eat chocolate or indulge in other pleasures?  Or are we looking at Jesus to become more like Him in every way? Seek to “remain with Him” while He suffers and dies for our salvation (see Mt 26:38).

Prayer:  Father, is it I? Show me every way in which I turn my back on Your Son.

Promise:  “The Lord God is my Help, therefore I am not disgraced.” —Is 50:7

Praise:  Sister Alice radiates the love of Jesus everywhere she goes. Her love and peacefulness attract many hurting people to the Lord.

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