April 12, 2022

Tuesday of Holy Week

Today’s readings give us a chance to recognize a deeply personal pitfall of servanthood: betrayal. Being betrayed is an experience not to be forgotten. Many movies, musicals, and novels recount endless betrayals and their life-altering consequences. In the context of Holy Week, we relive Christ’s betrayal and perhaps recall some of our own experiences of being betrayed, even during a special meal. We can think of the countless ways folks are dishonest, deceptive, or duplicitous. It’s painful, and it’s a cross that many cannot let go of. We carry its memory in our relationship with the person.

In Christ’s experience, formed in the Isaiah tradition of servanthood, he saw that even though this betrayal would occur, God was able to use this evil and transform him into “a good.” Christ was to be “a light to the nations” (Isaiah 49:6) and allow that servanthood to be a force for good.

Sometimes an “evil” may lead to a transformation, transfiguration, crucifixion, reconciliation, or sometimes, all of the above, or even none of the above. Whatever point we are after the experience of betrayal, we realize that what was done was done. With Judas and countless others who have let us down and been unfaithful through the centuries, we learn to cope and become stronger faithful servants. We learned, we grew, and God is with us. In prayer, we can take this to Christ, who has been there.

The cross of betrayal can lead us to a deeper loyalty, forthrightness, and honesty in serving and caring for others in our words and deeds. Let us not be crippled by any betrayal, but grow in a communion that comes from fixing our lives on a renewal of spirit that leads us to see that we are bigger than another’s jealous actions and pettiness. Despite betrayal. Christ still offered his body and blood for us and others. His betrayal led to the cross — a crucifixion, but also a resurrection. May we choose to move past treachery and grow in trust for God alone, and so be transformed.

Let Us Pray:

Lord God, the refuge of the poor and sinners, hear our cries for help, especially in times of betrayal and trouble. Strengthen our resolve to focus on your mighty deeds of love and reconciliation, as Christ taught us through his life and passion through Christ our Lord.


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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.