Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Reflection:  The Gospel reading today provides an interesting picture into the final behavior of Judas, prior to Jesus being taken into custody.  We begin with Judas’ greed taking him over as he payment for turning of Jesus.  Then, as Jesus is at table with the disciples He proclaims His knowledge of the betrayal of one of the twelve.  While Judas has already received payment and is waiting for the opportunity to turn Jesus over, he still denies this fact to Jesus face.  It is as if Judas thinks he can “outsmart” Jesus and convince Jesus that he is not the guilty disciple.  How often in our lives do we try to “outsmart” God, or fail to own up to our sins and failures just as Judas did?  It is easy to look down on Judas because of what he did to Jesus, but far too often we turn from Jesus and fail to admit our sinful nature just as Judas did.

Reflection for younger saints:  Judas was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus.  For 30 pieces of silver Judas was willing to hand Jesus over to the authorities. 

Big Picture:  You cannot outsmart God

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  What was the name of the disciple who handed Jesus over to the authorities?  How much was he paid for doing this?
     Older saints:  Reflect on how you have tried to “outsmart” God or have failed to admit your sins and failures.  Surely, Judas had justified in his mind how this behavior was okay.  What behavior do you try to justify as acceptable when a part of you knows it isn’t?  Have you taken those sins to confession and admitted your failures to God?  There is still time this Lent to turn away from sin and to seek God’s loving forgiveness.

Fun Fact:  Mass is celebrated worldwide every day of the year except one, Good Friday.

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Rupert
     What they are remembered for:  St. Rupert was appointed as bishop of Worms, Germany and later took over the deserted town of Salzburg, Austria.  There he established a church, a monastery, a school, and also brought in many missionaries.
     Feast day:  March 27
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