Wednesday of Holy Week
Matthew 26:14 – 25.
It is almost always the case
that when a person is found guilty in a court of law
an appeal is made in the hope
to find the condemned person innocent.
No one, not even Jesus made an appeal
to save himself from crucifixion.
The Gospel says, “He opened not his mouth.”
But listen to the number of appeals Jesus makes
to save his betrayer Judas:
“One of you will betray me.”
A second appeal “He who dips his hand in the dish with me.”
A third appeal, “Woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.”
A fourth appeal, “Better for him if he were never born.”
And finally, Judas said, “It is not I Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
One appeal after another is made
so Judas has an opportunity to change his mind
and embrace the mercy of Jesus.
We may not be aware,
but God makes a number of appeals to us
as well to change our hearts and our ways:
An inner voice, God speaking to our conscience,
says over and over that something is wrong.
Don’t do it. Stop. Turn around.
God may use someone to tell us in so many words,
“This is wrong. Don’t do it.”
He may be calling us to do something
that we have failed to do, as we pray In the Confiteor.
Whatever means God may use,
let us pay attention to his many appeals.
Let us move from the crowd
who want to crucify Jesus
and join Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene,
and John to be with Jesus and console him
on his cross through our repentance.