Spy Wednesday Holy Week 2012

Today is known as Spy Wednesday. This post is mainly from my 2011 one with a few additional links and an extra video for today's Psalm.

Scripture readings for today's Mass are here

My post on Judas from this Tuesday of Holy week's Gospel is here .

and a previous post on Spy Wednesday from a couple of years ago is here

 Extract from today's Gospel from Matthew.

One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,
went to the chief priests and said,
“What are you willing to give me
if I hand him over to you?”
They paid him thirty pieces of silver,
and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.....

 Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Deeply distressed at this,
they began to say to Him one after another,
“Surely it is not I, Lord?”

He said in reply,
“He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me
is the one who will betray me.
The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”
Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply,
“Surely it is not I, Rabbi?”
He answered, “You have said so.”

The realisation by Judas of the irrevocable consequences of his betrayal of Jesus is shown dramatically and harrowingly in this video from The Passion of Christ. 

God help us to find our confession;
The truth within us which is hidden from our mind;
The beauty or the ugliness we see elsewhere
But never in ourselves;
The stowaway which has been smuggled
Into the dark side of the heart,
Which puts the heart off balance and causes it pain,
Which wearies and confuses us,
Which tips us in false directions and inclines us
        to destruction,
The load which is not carried squarely
Because it is carried in ignorance.

God help us to find our confession.
Help us across the boundary of our understanding.
Lead is into the darkness that we may find what
        lies concealed;
That we may confess it towards the light;
That we may carry our truth in the centre of our heart;
That we may carry our cross wisely
And bring harmony into our life and our world.

Related articles 

This one : To Whom Do You Relate
and this : Spy Wednesday The Betrayal of Jesus

Click here for a very long poem titled The Ballad of Judas Iscariot.

 Nicelle Davis Poem

The Tree Judas Chose

was some ornamental thing—shape of a kidney—flowers veining over

its short and red-twisted trunk. Spent his

morning watching the long

tongued carpenter-bees

suckle its blossoms.

As the Redbud wept its violet blooms, he caught the drops

in his mouth—bruised their petals with his

teeth, searching for that hushed

light. Ate until his

stomach ached

from the bitter juices. Lips stained blue, he began to vomit

a mellifluent river. The ground softened by his

currents, turned to flesh. He built a body

from this golden earth— a face

that resembled Jesus.

Before he could kiss the honey lips, a swarm of flies began

to drink the shape away. Their wings shining

like silver coins tossed into the air. He

devoured them in an attempt

to taste sweetness.

When he jumped, his soul broke into a thousand pieces—an army

of snakeflies humming—a chorus of apologies dying

in small increments—like a lesson in letting go

learned one fall at a time.

Two videos on Psalm 69 from today's Mass.

There is no sound on this one : it is a visual meditation with screen text. 

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