Good morning good people may the Lord give you grace and peace in the Holy Spirit.
It is 13th April 2022.
We reflect on Isaiah 50:4-9 and Matthew 26:14-25. We are on Spy Wednesday.
“He makes my ear alert, to listen like a disciple… has opened my ear and I have not resisted.” Listening without resistance is indeed grace. Unlike the people of Israel faced with pain, suffering and humiliation, Jesus did not resist but become so docile leaning toward God in listening to the voice of God.
When things happen beyond, what we could comprehend and calibrate, we need to surrender to the Lord. As the Psalmists intercedes: “In your great love, O Lord, answer my prayers for your favour.” No human help could calm our fears and compromise our losses, but God alone. “The Lord God helps me; therefore, I have not been disgraced; therefore, I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near.”
Mortgaging love murders hope. “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” Are we mortgaging our Master and Saviour Jesus for a menial pleasure? Money takes the call in everyone’s life. For the money, a person would go extent indeed, the example is displayed in the person of Judas. When we are misguided by money, and people we too go beyond this extent.
It is also the day we need to pray for people who did not allow God to have the final say in their lives. Let us remember those who have taken their lives to escape and end the manageable struggles of life and make their loved ones bear a pathetic and unbearable pain.
Betrayal need not come from strangers and people least known to us. It could come from the intimate and loving circles too. Do you feel betrayed by someone for trusting and loving? It is the day we need to bring them under the umbrella of God’s mercy. May the Lord strengthen those who have been betrayed by their loved ones. May God bless you.