The Wednesday of Holy Week is sometimes referred to as ‘Spy Wednesday’ because the Gospel passage for the day is the negotiations Judas has with the Authorities about betraying Jesus.
It’s a good place to start reflecting on how easily we can become like Judas – sharing in the meal with Jesus and then off, quick as a shot, into the darkness again. We could do this by our language, which betrays us, our actions or the thoughts that so quickly invade our Christian resolve.
We can also think about those who are imprisoned as a result of their betrayals of self and other. Most contact crimes happen between people who know their attackers. What would our response be to the Judas’ in our lives? Can you forgive the betrayals in your life – yours and the betrayals others have subjected you to?
Another imprisonment is that of being trapped in relationships and situations that we cannot abide, but cannot change either – the spouse of a schizophrenic, the parent of a drug addict, the victim of a car accident, the battered spouse in a toxic marriage, working in a dead-end job.
We cannot do much other than practice the ministry and grace of being present. We can pray, too – for courage to endure what we can’t change.
What traps you, who betrays you and how would you react – more betrayal or carrying your cross?
Can you volunteer your time and talent for the betrayed or the imprisoned?