Judas Iscariot spend much of Holy Week with his eyes fixed on Jesus. But Judas wasn’t watching Jesus with the purpose of drawing closer to him as a disciple. Apparently Judas was a powerful enough member of the twelve, that when Jesus mentioned one of them would betray him, he was not considered a suspect. Maybe because he held the money bag. Instead each of them considered themselves more likely to be the betrayer than Judas, saying, “Is it I, Lord?”
What about us ? What are we looking for this Holy Week ? Are we counting down the days until Lent is over so we can go back to eating chocolate or having a glass of wine? Or are we looking at Jesus to try to grow closer to him in every aspect of our lives.
It’s not always easy. Just fix your eyes on what Jesus did on the cross these next few days. He not only endured the agony of a brutal execution, but he conquered death in the process. And that gives us the hope of eternal life with him. As the prophet Isaiah said, with this knowledge we can set our face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug