Isaiah 50:4-9a — Matthew 26:14-25
March 31, 2010
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Verse for Recollection throughout the Day:
“The Son of Man is departing… /
but woe to that man /
by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!”
In hearing Saint Matthew’s account of Judas’ betrayal, his role is clear. His betrayal is indispensable to the drama of Holy Week and the accomplishment of Jesus’ Paschal Mystery. Judas’ betrayal or “handing over” of Jesus to the chief priests is the ultimate sacrifice of darkness: taking that which is All Holy—the only begotten Son of God—and handing Him over to priests who seek to sacrifice Him to death.
Christ’s presence in the world is all-pervasive. Certainly for us who have been baptized, Christ is a gift given to us. The meaning of our lives as Christians can be measured by how we use that gift. When we consider again the words of Our Lord— “…woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!”—we can easily see that we too have betrayed the Son of Man. How often have we betrayed our baptismal promises: those promises we are preparing ourselves to renew at Easter?