Wednesday in Holy Week (Spy Wednesday)

The thirty-seventh day of Lent

Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What will you give me if I deliver him to you?" And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. (Matthew 26:14-16)

For had it been an adversary who taunted me,
then I could have borne it;
          or had it been an enemy who vaunted himself against me,
          then I could have hidden from him.
But it was you, a man after my own heart,
          my companion, my own familiar friend. (Psalm 55:12-13)

To be betrayed by a friend is a bitter experience. The psalmist knew it and so did Jesus. But the truly sobering truth is that, Judas is, in a sense, Everyman--you and me.

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon Thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone Thee.
’Twas I, Lord, Jesus, I it was denied Thee!
I crucified Thee.

Ah, Holy Jesus
Words: Johann Heerman, Devoti Musica Cordis, 1630
translated from German by Robert S. Bridges, 1899

And so, the scene is now set. We may not stand on the sideline and watch. We are involved. And now we follow Jesus on the Way of the Cross.

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