DAILY MASS READINGS (April 17, 2019)

WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK (CYCLE C, Violet)

Reading 1(ISAIAH 50:4-9A)

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

The Lord GOD has given me 
a well-trained tongue,
That I might know how to speak to the weary
a word that will rouse them.
Morning after morning
he opens my ear that I may hear;
And I have not rebelled,
have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
My face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting.

The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
He is near who upholds my right;
if anyone wishes to oppose me,
let us appear together.
Who disputes my right?
Let him confront me.
See, the Lord GOD is my help;
who will prove me wrong?

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 AND 33-34)

R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
For your sake I bear insult,
and shame covers my face.
I have become an outcast to my brothers,
a stranger to my mother’s sons,
because zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak,
I looked for sympathy, but there was none;
for consolers, not one could I find.
Rather they put gall in my food,
and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving:
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.


Verse Before The Gospel

(Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)

Hail to you, our King;
you alone are compassionate with our errors.

(Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)

Or

(Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)

Hail to you, our King, obedient to the Father;
you were led to your crucifixion like a gentle lamb to the slaughter.

(Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)

Gospel (MATTHEW 26:14-25)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to 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.

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
the disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Where do you want us to prepare
for you to eat the Passover?”
He said,
“Go into the city to a certain man and tell him,
‘The teacher says, AMy appointed time draws near; 
in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”‘”
The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered,
and prepared the Passover.

When it was evening,
he reclined at table with the Twelve.
And while they were eating, he said, 
“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 Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: There are now many conspiracies about the treacherous disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is Judas Iscariot. How did Judas die? Only the Gospel accounts can provide us the answers. Saint Matthew’s Gospel explains that after Judas threw the money back to the chief priests and scribes, he took a rope and hung himself. But in Saint Luke’s second book, the Acts of the Apostles, Judas burst open in the fields and all his intestines gushed out. That is one conspiracy. Now what happened to Judas after his death? We cannot say he either went to heaven, hell or purgatory, for whatever his intention maybe to betray his Master whether it lead to a good end or bad effect. But the main knowledge of Judas Iscariot is that he betrayed our Lord Jesus Christ. When Jesus had declared himself the Bread of Life, he told the disciples that one of them is the devil. Even when the Passover was about coming, the devil already entered into the traitor. At the Last Supper, in today’s Gospel, Jesus revealed to all the apostles that someone is to betray him. Then they asked one another on who was it. Then Jesus dipped the dish in the morsel, and so did Judas, and this is how the Lord revealed the traitor. So all were surprised, then Judas left with the thirty pieces of silver. This was the first pain Jesus experienced before his Passion. And eventually the traitor had Jesus arrested and condemned in a way he didn’t know about it. The First Reading from Isaiah’s Four Songs of the Servant speaks about this suffering servant who suffers from the oppressions of his enemies. Yet he relies his help on God to undergo such sufferings, that he shall not be put to shame. This is exactly what happened to our Lord when he underwent the merits of his Passion. Sometimes we also feel betrayed by other people, but we must remember to stay strong in the Lord. As we journey down the end of this Lenten road, let us accept our Lord with our whole hearts and minds.

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