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In today’s Gospel from the Mass (Matt 26:14-25), Judas Iscariot schemes to betray Christ, thinking that he is pulling a fast one.

[14] Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests [15] and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.  [16] And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. [17] Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the passover?” [18] He said, “Go into the city to a certain one, and say to him, `The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at your house with my disciples.'”  [19] And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the passover.  [20] When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve disciples; [21] and as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” [22] And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” [23] He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me. [24] The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” [25] Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Is it I, Master?” He said to him, “You have said so.”

Jesus Christ sees past the schemes of men.  Consider:

As with all the art that is used in this blog, today’s picture offers an insight into the Gospel.   Judas has turned his back on  Jesus and is looking down, scheming, his face in shadows and furled in anger.  Jesus is looking past Judas, upward, lit with a Holy Light, looking towards the Father.

Judas will betray Jesus and go to his death and, perhaps Hell; though, the Church doesn’t teach that Judas is in Hell with the understanding that even the worst sinners can repent and God has infinite mercy.  Jesus will die and rise again to Heaven.

The Gospel should give us pause:  How am I “scheming” today, seeking something that is a betrayal to our Lord Jesus Christ?  How much time am I spending thinking about “getting” my 30 pieces of silver versus seeking Christ’s word in my life?

Lord let this Holy Week open our eyes to our betrayals of You and heal us.