It is 28th March 2018. The readings are from Isaiah 50:4-9; and the Gospel from Matthew 26:14-25. Spying on the mystical Body of Christ is the worst way of diverting the attention of others on our sins and sinful living. Some are highly qualified to spy others; some others are trained to spy the activities of the others; an innumerable number of us spy on others out of so-called love and concern. Today is rightly call ‘Spy Wednesday,’ just because of Judas who was so close to Jesus and held the responsibility of holding money for the group spied on Jesus just over thirty silver pieces. We reflect on the third oracle of the suffering Servant of God, who suffered, persecuted, insulted, tried by evil people, yet he believed in God. “I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near.” (Is.50:7). The Servant is a figure who is the anonymous voice of God, we need to listen to. We are invited on the third day of the Holy Week to remind ourselves that God is near even though the enormous army of our enemies encamp against us. They will all be wiped out and worn out by the power of our God. We just need to be faithful until the end. The responsorial Psalm intercedes, “Lord, in your great love, answer me.” (Ps.69:14). The Gospel describes the Passover celebration of Jesus with his closest disciples and his pointing out the fate of the betrayer. “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man must go as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” (Mt.26:24). We may be all very closer to the Church in many ways, good Catholics, yet we may be spying on the Church and the members of the Church for those few coins and positions in the society. Have we ever betrayed the Church, or its leaders, or the members for the sake of pleasure, cheap-popularity, promotion and for self-righteous attitude so selectively and subtly side-lining and suffocating them with love until they die? Are we misguided by the society and its structures to betray the Church and the members of the Church? May the Lord help us to rely on Him not on our selfish and cunning ways by which we hurt the Lord and the Church. May you have a good day.

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