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In today’s Gospel from the Mass (Matt 26:14-25), Judas Iscariot, on his own initiative, goes to the chief priests  of the Jews and asks, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?”.  They give Judas 30 pieces of silver.

All things in the life of Christ work together to explain His Gracious love for us, sometimes in mysterious ways.  Consider:

When we dig below the details of the Gospels, we become more and more amazed.  Over and over the New Testament is prefigured in the Old.  This should not be surprising, for both are the work of the same Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are guided by the Church to read the Scriptures with a moral sense (CCC 117), which means that the Scriptures should instruct us to act morally.

This passage is ripe for personal reflection:  Have I sold Jesus out? Perhaps by avoiding speaking the truth of Christ for fear of being ridiculed.  Perhaps for the pleasure of indulging in a sin that Christ has warned is mortal to our soul?  What is the value of what I have gained for betraying Jesus?  “Friends” who are not worthy of Christ for they reject His teaching?  Admiration by “progressives” who hate Jesus or wish Him to be what He is not?  Moments of idle pleasure instead of spending time in prayer and Adoration?

All of us have a measure of Judas within us, for each sins.  Now is the time to turn from our personal “30 pieces of silver” and pray for forgiveness and new life in Christ.