FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Tuesday of Holy Week April 16, 2019
WORD of the DAY
Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.” So he dipped the morsel and [took it and] handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. After he took the morsel, Satan entered him. (John 13: 26-27)
How shall I live this Word?
Today the word that we will study is BETRAYAL. Jesus knew that He would be betrayed. He always knew he was betrayed and ‘betrayable’. Peter, John and James had already shown him, trivializing His words, not recognizing Him as a friend, demanding a hierarchical organization around Him, which included first and second places. Judas continues the sequence: disappointment after three years of enthusiasm leads him to sell Jesus, to get rid of Him.
All of this is very evident in our lives: we like people, ideas, projects. Then, when they get old or they don’t turn out to be so exciting anymore, we ‘betray’ them, we pass them on to others. We don’t know them anymore. Everything is ready to be thrown in the trash.
Jesus knows this posture of the soul and seems to want to tell us that the question is to move from being enthusiastic spectators to active protagonists, who share the same fate. That dipped morsel, that piece of bread soaked in wine is a sign of the necessary sharing, of good and bad communion, the sharing of pain, of suffering, of joy, and of glory..
Lord, You had already asked them, “are you ready to drink of the chalice that I must drink?” They had said yes, but it was not true. Forgive them, forgive their and our weakness and cowardice. Help us.
THE VOICE OF Massimo Gramellini, Author
Betrayal only kills the loves that are already dead. Those they do not kill sometimes become immortal.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Silvia Biglietti, FMA