Divine love, keeps Christ going on his journey
Readings: 1st: Is 50:4-9; Ps: 69; Gos: Mt 26:14-25
This brief reflection was written by Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). He is a missionary in Puerto Rico. He is the Parish Priest of Parroquia la Resurrección del Senor, Canóvanas, and the Major Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Circumscription of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Fr. Canice is a member of the Academy of Homiletics. For more details and comments contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Today is the fourth day of Holy Week. Yesterday the Gospel spoke of the betrayal of Judas and of the denial of Peter. Today, it speaks once again of the betrayal of Judas. In the description of the Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, the failure of the disciples is strongly stressed.
In spite of having lived three years with Jesus, not one of them defended Jesus. Judas betrays Him, Peter denies Him, and the others flee. Matthew narrates everything not to discourage us, but to demonstrate that, the love of Jesus is stronger than the defeat and the failure of the disciples
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This way of describing the attitude of Jesus was a help for the communities at the time of Matthew. Because of the frequent tribulations like the ones we are passing through, many were discouraged and abandoned the community.
Therefore, today’s gospel reminds us that, as human beings, we can break our relationship with Christ, but Christ never breaks it with us. His love is greater than our infidelity. He accepted his fate. He does not retaliate, no matter how shamefully he was treated. Divine love, keeps him going.
Today we may blame Judas who betrayed Christ for only thirty silver coins, or Peter who denied him because of the fear of the Jews. However, the question is, how many times have we betrayed him who loved us so much? How many times have we denied Christ through our words, actions and unbelief?
So, this Holy Week, we are invited in our prayer in the Passion to see how divinity hides itself. The Christ suffering, is God who still suffers the pain, injustices, greed and betrayal of his people today.
Peace be with you all!