April 16, 2014
WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Jesus faces the betrayal of a friend, which sends him into the hands of his enemies. When Judas offers to betray Christ, he asks the chief priests, “What will you give me?” It is often easy to focus on what others can give to us, and lose sight of their inherent value. This type of selfishness objectifies others and places their worth in what they can do for us.
Judas sold Christ for thirty pieces of silver. Christ became nothing more than an object traded for money to Judas. When we approach Christ with an attitude of demanding something for ourselves, we will turn away from him as soon as following him becomes difficult. We will be easily swayed by offers of affection, comfort, or financial gain, as Judas was. Christ has already given himself to us through his incarnation, suffering and death on the cross, and in the Eucharist. He should be approached not with demands, but with gratitude and love.
- Have I betrayed Christ in any way? What was I seeking instead of Christ?
- Do I approach Jesus with a thankful heart? How has Jesus given himself to me?
Class of 2014
Master of Public Service and Administration
St. Mary’s Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.