Today is Wednesday of Holy Week, the 16th of April.

Ex Cathedra, directed by Jeffrey Skidmore, sing Dulce Jesus mio. “My sweet Jesus, look with mercy on my soul.” This is not the prayer of someone proud or haughty or self-satisfied, but of a person aware that they have weaknesses and shortcomings, aware that they cannot do without the help and the love and the mercy of God.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.

Again, the Church invites us to contemplate the mystery of betrayal. Matthew’s Gospel shows us that Judas is an agent of the chief priests. He wants us to understand that the betrayal is not just that of one man but of the leaders of Israel who profess their allegiance to God.  Take some time just to reflect on this.

Imagine all the activity and the building expectation in preparing for the Passover. This one is special.

Take time to look at how Matthew gives us two worlds. The world of the authorities – Roman and Jewish, filled with all the strategies of power. The world in which power brokers try to bring about their own will. Then there is the world of Jesus. Spend time contemplating and entering into the mood of this world, the people around him and how he treats them. You will see that whoever thinks that they have power over the world, God is always at work to bring about His way.

As you hear the reading again, notice that Judas tries to cover up what he is planning. To betrayal is added deception. This is the way sin and evil work. But Jesus is not deceived.

To conclude this prayer you might ask God to place you on his side – in his world. Or you might simply conclude with your own prayer of self-offering.