March 30, 2021

Tuesday of Holy Week

Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”

We can well imagine how shocking this statement must have been to the disciples. Luke follows it up with the observation, “They began to debate among themselves which of them would do such a deed” (22:23). And indeed, we all tend to wonder what could have motivated Judas to betray Jesus after being so long in his company of chosen disciples and having received so many proofs of Jesus’ love for him.

However, lest we begin to protest that we would never betray Jesus, we have the example of Peter, who protested that he would lay down his life for Jesus. Jesus dampened his self-assurance and told him that the cock would not crow before he had denied Jesus three times. We need not blame either Judas or Peter. To ask which of us might do such a deed, all we have to do is look in a mirror. All of us can betray Jesus, whether it be by pride, fear of hardships, or any number of other personal weaknesses. Jesus has been betrayed many times down through the ages, and the same is true in our own time.

Need it be so? We celebrate Mass so frequently. We pray before the tabernacle or the Blessed Sacrament exposed. There we are faced with the stark reminder of the love Jesus has for us as well as what that love cost him. Our fidelity to the Eucharist and the sincere desire to make it fruitful in our lives can serve as the motivation and grace we need never to betray the one who died for us.

How can I strengthen my resolve to remain faithful?

Let Us Pray:

O loving Lord, fortify me so that I may never fail you through my weakness.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015.