Wednesday of HOLY WEEK
April 8, 2020

WORD of the DAY

And while they were eating, he said, “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” He said in reply, “He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.” Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered,
“You have said so.” (Matthew 26: 21-25)

How shall I live this Word?

“Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Why does Judas ask this, he knows very well that for 30 pieces of silver, he has sold his ideals, his dreams, his freedom. He knows that for thirty pieces of silver he has sold the Son of God. Certainly it is you, Judas, the traitor! But you are not alone. We are traitors too!
“Surely, it is not I” the cause of wars in the whole world? Yes, me too, with my silence, with my superficiality, and the incapacity to build peace even in my little piece of world.
“Surely, it is not I” the cause of ecological degradation that is gripping the world? Yes, me too, with my waste, the uncontrolled use of pollutants, the difficulty in separating, selecting, recycling.
“Surely, it is not I” the cause of this pandemic we are suffering? Yes, me too, with my lack of responsibility, of attention to others, of respect for the rules and the restrictions.
No, Judas, you are not the only traitor of Jesus! We are too because we are all responsible for and custodians of this world and all our sisters and brothers.

Lord, we do not want to betray You, but we often do so with our superficiality and lack of attention. Help us so that our heart and our mind may always be united to You!

The voice of Primo Mazzolari, homily, Holy Thursday 3 April 1958

Poor Judas. I do not know what went through his soul. He is one of the most mysterious persons that we find in the Lord’s Passion. I will not even try to explain him. I content myself with asking you for a bit more pity for our poor brother Judas. Do not be ashamed to take on this brother. I am not ashamed because I know how many times I have betrayed the Lord. I think that no one should be ashamed of him.”


Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Sandra Bona, FMA

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