Holy Wednesday, year ’B’ Mercredi Saint, année ’B’

“The disciples came to Jesus to say, ’Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’”
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Is. 50,4-9a Ps. 68 Mt. 26, 14-25

Wednesday of Holy Week 23rd March 2016

“The disciples said to Jesus’ Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

Is.50,4-9a Ps.68 Mt.26,14-25

“Then one of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ’What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you?’ They paid him thirty silver pieces, and from then onwards he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.”

Judas deals his secret negotiations with the chief priests. Jesus brings into broad daylight their plot : ’One of you is going to deliver me.’

With the Lord’s enemies Judas haggles over the price to give up Jesus ; Jesus announces that he gives his Life freely : ’No one can take my life, it is I who give it freely.’

Judas is on the look-out for a good opportunity to deliver up his Master ; Jesus declares : ’The time has come : the Son of Man is going to be given up in the hands of sinners’

Men throw out their nets, thinking they can take Jesus by chance, but they will not have any power over Him only that given to them from above.

Judas comes to a compromise with Jesus’ enemies, entering into a dialogue with them. Since the original fault, we can’t enter into a dialogue with the enemy! Eve was taken up in a whirlwind that we are unable to master any more :

’Life and death confront each other in a prodigious duel. The master of life died. Living he will reign.’

Every detail of the liturgy introduces us into the understanding of the mystery of our Salvation, of the Infinite Love of God to get humanity out of this closing in on itself, out of the lies, so we be snatched from Satan’s power.

“Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus to say, ’Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ He said ’Go to a certain man in the city and say to him ’The Master says ’My time is near. It is at your house that I am keeping Passover with my disciples.’ The disciples did what Jesus told them and prepared Passover.”

There is a deep penetrating joy along with a reverence when Jesus celebrates Passover with his own, during which He will institute the Eucharist.

Jesus is getting ready to save the world, saddened that his departure is going to sow disarray among the group of his disciples.Then there is the suffering that his Passion is going to cause those he loves, in particular Mary. This is doubled with the sadness of the apostle’s betrayal, the one whom he had chosen with love and surrounded with particular tenderness, so that he wouldn’t fall.

Jesus manifests his will, sending his disciples into town. Within Him is this desire in sharing the Paschal meal : ’I have desired to eat this Passover with a great desire before I suffer.’

We shall always come back to the Infinite Love of God who saves humanity. Faith is the adapted response to this Infinite Love of God for us which provoke our love for humanity. This memorial is celebrated in the Paschal Mystery until He comes again.

“When evening came he was at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating he said ’ In truth I tell you one of you is about to betray me.’ They were greatly distressed and started asking him in turn ’Not me, Lord, surely?’ He answered, ’Someone who has dipped his hand into the dish with me will betray me. The Son of man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! Better for that man had he never been born!’ Judas, who was to betray him, asked in his turn, ’Not me Rabbi, surely?’ Jesus answered, ’It is you who say it.”

If Jesus warns his apostles, it is not to stir up trouble, but it is so as to warn disciples of all time about the enemy’s slyness, prowling like a lion, seeking to devour.

There are a thousand ways to betray Jesus, it can be done by diluting Jesus’ message, by consenting to compromises, relativizing the supernatural character of God’s Gift, mixing up the Gospel by placing it on equal terms with contributions coming from other religions.

We remember how Jesus never took away his love from Judas : at the time he betrayed Jesus by a kiss, Jesus welcomes him in the name of ’My friend.’

Jesus gives Judas the capacity to link up with him again. He is free at the heart of what is imposed upon Him. He gives himself freely, he signifies it by the washing of the feet and at the Last supper.

However Jesus’ anguish that we saw before re-appears! Nevertheless he continues his work of Salvation. Now it is the apostles’ anguish which is manifested. From deep down in their heart they question Jesus : Is it I?

The Pope compared the fact of speaking ill of someone as ’scorching another person’ : ’Each time we gossip, each time we ’scorch’ someone, we are acting like Judas’, he insists.

We ask for the grace to remain on the Heart of Jesus and not to leave fraternal communion.

HOLY WEDNESDAY, year’ B’

“Then one of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said,’ What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you? They paid him thirty silver pieces and from then onwards he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.”

Judas goes to the high priests without knowing what he wants, he delivers, without knowing what he wants in return.He sells, without knowing the value of what he sells, he turns himself into a play-thing by outside forces, he has disrespect for himself. He is taken over by events that take the initiative over himself and he follows what others want. Judas becomes a part of Jesus’ enemies, entering into dialogue with them. Since the Fall, we cannot enter into a dialogue with the enemy! Eve was the first one to play with fire, in an uncontrollable whirlwind she dragged humanity along with her. “May your yes be yes and your no be no!’, says Jesus. A precious teaching is given to us in this Paschal Word :”Life and death encounter one another in a prodigious dual. The Master of life died. He reigns, and is Alive.“Every detail in the liturgy introduces us into the understanding of our Salvation, of the Infinite Love of God so that humanity comes out of this closing in of itself in lies, and so it is snatched out of Satan’s power. We want to join Jesus’ desire : ’I have a great desire to eat the Paschal meal with you before I suffer.”

“Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus to say,’ Where do you want us to make the preparation for you to eat the Passover?’ He said, ’Go to a certain man in the city and say to him, ’The Master says : My time is near. It is at your house that I am keeping Passover with my disciples.’ The disciples did what Jesus told them and prepared the Passover.”

Jesus manifests his complete will and orients the disciples :" ’Go to a certain man in the city and say to him, ’ My time is near it is at your house that I am keeping

Passover with my disciples.’ “In Jesus there dwells his own will that he expresses, and this will is an opening up to others, to his disciples, during the tradition of” celebrating the Passover.“It is the whole of humanity that is sanctified by the Offering that Jesus makes of himself in the Paschal Mystery : ’He loved us as much as that.”

“I desired greatly to share this Paschal meal with you before I suffer.”

We always come back to the Infinite Love of God which saves humanity. Faith is the appropriate response to this Infinite Love of God for us and this provokes our love for humanity. This memorial is celebrated in the Paschal Mystery until He comes again.

“When evening came, he was at table with the Twelve.And while they were eating he said, ’In truth, I tell you, one of you is about to betray me.’ They were greatly distressed and started asking him in turn, ’Not me, Lord, surely?’ He answered, ’Someone who has dipped his hand into the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born!” Judas, who was to betray him, asked in his turn, ’Not me, Rabbi, surely?’ Jesus answered, ’It is you who say it.’ “Jesus gives to Judas the capacity to renew his ties with Him. In his Heart, Jesus is free concerning what is happening to Him, giving Himself freely, this is quite clear during the last Supper and during the washing of the feet. However, the anguish Jesus had already experienced reappears! Nevertheless, He continues his work of Salvation. Now it is the apostles’ anguish which becomes apparent. They question Jesus within their hearts : ’Is it me?’ Judas is unaware and asks Jesus ’Not me, Rabbi, surely?’ He”does like everyone else "and made use of Jesus. Today the combat that went on in Judas is present in humanity, this why we dwell in an attitude of wanting to hasten Jesus to come and save us.

We ask for the grace to dwell on the Heart of Jesus and to always remain in fraternal communion.