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Wednesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 50:4-9A
Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34
Matthew 26:14-25
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Jesus told the disciples
His appointed time was near. They prepared to celebrate the Passover with
Him as He directed them
at the house of a man in the city. When it was
evening, Jesus reclined to dine
at table with the Twelve. It was then Christ
announced, "Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me."
As Jesus sat with the disciples at His last supper, imagine the sadness He
must have felt knowing what He would be going through
and the courage
Christ would demonstrate in fulfilling His death on the cross for His love of
us. Lent is a time to reflect on God˅s love and the sacrifice of His only be-
gotten Son, who with the power of the Holy Spirit, gave His physical life so
that we would have spiritual life! Jesus Christ suffered, died and was buried
so that we might have everlasting life. As we acknowledge this season we
sacrifice in humble ways and ask forgiveness of our sins.
Imagine also the shock the disciples experienced at the thought of one of
their own betraying Jesus. We are called upon to consider our actions dur-
ing this Lenten season and to reconcile our shortcomings with God˅s help.
When we feel broken and unsure
of what we should be doing we
need only ask Him for direction
as the disciples asked where
they should prepare for Pass-
over. Our dilemma is not seeing
Jesus as they did
but knowing
He is there for us.