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Monday, April 15, 2019

The Passover: Matthew 26:14-25: Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

“Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus to say ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover.  He said, ‘Go to a certain man in the city and say to him, ‘The Master says:  My time is near.  It is at your house that I am keeping Passover with my disciples.  The disciples did what Jesus told them and prepared the Passover.  When evening came he was at the table with the Twelve.  And while they were eating he said, ‘In truth I tell you, one of you is about to betray me.  They were greatly distressed and started asking him in turn, ‘Not me Lord surely?’  He answered, ‘Someone who has dipped his hand into the dish with me will betray me.  The Son of man is going to his fate as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed!  Better for that man if he had never been born!’  Judas who is about to betray him, asked him in turn, ‘Not me Rabbi surely?’  Jesus answered, ‘It is you who say it.’  (Matt 26: 17-25).

Betrayal is painful in any form:  relationships, friendship, marriage and the like.  How could we betray our faith in Jesus willingly or accidentally?  When we are absorbed in worldly things, we have betrayed Jesus as when the glitter of gold and money blinds us!  As when the sparkle of fashion and artificial beauty mesmerises us.  Well, what God has given us, we alter because of our discontent.

Another way to betray Jesus is by preoccupation with vices:  gambling and the thrill that comes with it, prostitution and the desire that come with it and gluttony, the wanton desire of taste and satisfaction.  Moderation is the key.  No excesses, no over the top. Because vices could be put in a pedestal as the centre of one’s life.

Another way to betray Jesus is by too much moralising and hypocrisy.  One preaches one thing and do the very opposite.

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