“Amen, l say to you, one of you will betray me.”(Matt.26:21)

Will l betrayed Jesus after Easter? Or l will accommodate Him in my house? Spy or Silence Wednesday is an allusion to the day of Judas betrayal. Why does he have to betray his master during this great Jewish feast of Passover? His betrayal takes place at the Last Super where the participants should have supporting each other in their shared faith.

Don’t l betray Jesus with my actions and deeds? Prefer to do business than going to Church? Don’t l see something of myself in Judas? Chasing after material things? Wanting to get rich overnight? Isaiah tells me the Lord is the One who opens my ear but l also have a role to play (Is.50:4-9), not to make any resistance. If l prepare my house for Him, He won’t put me to shame.

Like the twelve l have to dip into the bowl with Jesus as l share in His Body and Blood, but not to betray Him. It is most likely that Judas receives the first Eucharist, yet he refuses the overtures from the Lord, holds fast to what he intends to do.

Let us pray🙏🏻: Heavenly Father, forgive all my betrayals and strengthen my faith in Your love and in Your power to change me. 🙏🏻Amen



Stabat Mater

Stabat mater dolorósa
juxta Crucem lacrimósa,
dum pendébat Fílius.

Cuius ánimam geméntem,
contristátam et doléntem
pertransívit gládius.

O quam tristis et afflícta
fuit illa benedícta,
mater Unigéniti!

Quae mœrébat et dolébat,
pia Mater, dum vidébat
nati pœnas ínclyti.

Quis est homo qui non fleret,
matrem Christi si vidéret
in tanto supplício?

Quis non posset contristári
Christi Matrem contemplári
doléntem cum Fílio?

Pro peccátis suæ gentis
vidit Jésum in torméntis,
et flagéllis súbditum.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
moriéndo desolátum,
dum emísit spíritum.

Eja, Mater, fons amóris
me sentíre vim dolóris
fac, ut tecum lúgeam.

Fac, ut árdeat cor meum
in amándo Christum Deum
ut sibi compláceam.

Sancta Mater, istud agas,
crucifíxi fige plagas
cordi meo válide.

Tui Nati vulneráti,
tam dignáti pro me pati,
pœnas mecum dívide.

Fac me tecum pie flere,
crucifíxo condolére,
donec ego víxero.

Juxta Crucem tecum stare,
et me tibi sociáre
in planctu desídero.

Virgo vírginum præclára,
mihi iam non sis amára,
fac me tecum plángere.

Fac ut portem Christi mortem,
passiónis fac consórtem,
et plagas recólere.

Fac me plagis vulnerári,
fac me Cruce inebriári,
et cruóre Fílii.

Flammis ne urar succénsus,
per te, Virgo, sim defénsus
in die iudícii.

Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
da per Matrem me veníre
ad palmam victóriæ.

Quando corpus moriétur,
fac, ut ánimæ donétur
paradísi glória.