READINGS for 2008-03-19

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



“What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. – Matthew 26:15
I cringe every time I think of how Jesus was traded for 30 pieces of silver. That was all it took to hand Him over to the chief priests. Judas Iscariot gave up his love for Christ for a pouch full of money. I cringe even more when I realize that as struggling and sinful Christians, we all play Judas Iscariot. We have all “traded” Jesus for this world’s version of 30 pieces of silver.
        Each time we fall into sin, we trade our love for Jesus for something else.
        Harboring anger and resentment towards another person. Lying to save face.
        Not going to Mass because of laziness.
        Choosing money over kindness and righteousness.
        Each time we choose not to do the loving thing.
        We all have our versions of 30 pieces of silver.
        I pray that no amount of silver, or its many varied, deceitful versions, will keep our eyes and hearts away from the real treasure – Jesus. Cess Cosico
What have I traded Jesus for?
Lord Jesus, may You always be my one true treasure.


Part of having faith in God is having a willingness to be discipled by Him. Today’s reading tells us what it means to have an ear that listens to the voice of the Lord and always moves on with life and ignores the voices of sinners. This is possible when our hearts are set on the mind of the Lord and His ways, and we have renounced the ways of the world and the paths of sin.
Isaiah 50:4-9a
4 The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; 5 and I have not rebelled, have not turned back. 6 I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting. 7 The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. 8 He is near who upholds my right; if anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together. Who disputes my right? Let him confront me. 9 See, the Lord GOD is my help; who will prove me wrong?
Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34
R: Lord, in your great love, answer me.
7 [8] For your sake I bear insult, and shame covers my face. 8 [9] I have become an outcast to my brothers, a stranger to my mother’s sons, 9 [10] because zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me. (R) 20 [21] Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak, I looked for sympathy, but there was none; for consolers, not one could I find. 21 [22] Rather they put gall in my food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. (R) 30 [31] I will praise the name of God in song, and I will glorify him with thanksgiving; 32 [33] “See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, may your heartsrevive! 33 [34] For the LORD hears the poor, and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.” (R)
Jesus reflects once again upon the fact that one of His disciples is about to betray Him. How He can do it so calmly I do not know. I suppose His calm comes from the fact that He is truly surrendered to the will of His Father and thus He trusts that whatever happens, His Father has it all under control. Let us pray that we will all be at peace with the plan God has for our lives.
Matthew 26:14-25
14 One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, 16 and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. 17 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The teacher says, “My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.” 19 The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover. 20 When it was evening, he reclined at table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” 23 He said in reply, “He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. 24 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.” 25 Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered, “You have said so.”
my reflections
think: Let us pray that we will all be at peace with the plan God has for our lives.

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speaKinG With a disCiple’s tonGue
Up until now, I had never really reflected specifically upon the above idea — not in as stark a view as the one above. To have a tongue of a disciple means that I have to ensure that the words that come from my lips never betray that goal, whether they are words that are said in private or public. So every thought that would give rise to words must also be captive to the mind and heart of Jesus.
         Having a disciple’s tongue is going to mean a lot of hard work to train my mind to think like Jesus, and to train my tongue to speak with words that would come from His lips. James tells us that the tongue can be an instrument for building others up or putting them down. This is true for many a word said in jest has been the downfall of a relationship as another person completely misinterprets what the other has said. This is why it is important for us to think before we act or speak, to think specifically of the consequences of what we are about to do.
        Isaiah intimates to us that discipleship is something that begins as we wake — by placing all of our faculties at the service and bidding of the Lord. There should never be an idle moment in our minds and hearts where we allow the devil to implant his seeds of destruction and compromise. Let us always remember to turn our minds to the Lord as we sleep so that our thoughts will be given over to godly and not to ungodly things in the night. Let us always remember to offer our day to the Lord as soon as we wake for precisely the same reason.
        Jesus is with us every moment of every day and He will always provide us with the necessary grace to walk as His disciple and servant. We should not hesitate to seek His help no matter how insignificant the situation may be. Many people have misjudged the power of the devil and paid the consequences of sin and suffering. It is possible to avoid a lot of the suffering because  of sin if we overcome it at the point of temptation. Let us seek to be disciples of Jesus, to live as disciples of Jesus and thus to speak with a disciple’s tongue. Fr. Steve Tynan
Reflection Question:
What sort of vocabulary do I use? Are all the words that come from my mouth suitable to the vocabulary of a disciple of Jesus? 
Holy Spirit, it is only with Your grace and help that I will be able to purify my tongue so that the words that come from my lips will always be suitable for Your Kingdom.
St. Gemus, Benedictine monk, pray for us.

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