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Tuesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 49:1-6
Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4A, 5AB-6AB, 15 & 17
John 113:21-33, 36-38
In the first reading it is said that our reward is with the Lord and we are the
light of all the nations. In Psalms we sing of His salvation and in the Gos-
pel according to John, the Passion is set in motion.
One deeply troubled Jesus, two horribly unforgive-
able acts of betrayal. It’s true, Judas and Simon Pe-
ter committed unforgivable acts by selling Jesus out.
One repents, one does not. The word
“unforgivable”, it’s definitely a word in our vocabu-
lary, but is it in God’s? I read somewhere that the
only unforgiveable sin is denying that we can be for-
given. This makes sense because it’s only
when we turn our back on God that we be-
come incapable of forgiving, especially our-
Judas was a friend of Jesus, an intimate friend, chosen by Jesus to
be one of his Apostles. He witnessed miracles and heard Jesus’
teachings over the three year period they were together. Seems
to me he should have been immune to or unavailable to Satan’s
evil, but he wasn’t. Simon Peter, another chosen Apostle, says he
will lay down his life for Jesus and then denies him not once but
three times. He loved Jesus, but was not strong enough to reveal
himself as a follower. Having strength to do what is right closely
trails knowing what is right. Both of these Apostles knew what
they should have done, but Judas gave in to the will of Satan
while Simon Peter could not face the consequences of being a
disciple of Christ. We have all been there to one degree or an-