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Holy Week

Isaiah 50:4-9
Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34
Matthew 26:14-25

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"Judas Iscariot went off to the chief priests." —Matthew 26:14

Judas was accustomed to being an intimate friend of Jesus and having privileged access to Him. Nonetheless, during the most important week in the lives of both Judas and Jesus, Judas dialogued with the chief priests instead of with Jesus. Judas deferred to the chief priests as a higher "authority" than Jesus, handing his loyalty over to the chief priests instead of to Jesus, the Lord of the universe.

Adam and Eve were accustomed to being intimate friends of God in the garden of Eden. They had privileged access to the Lord. Nonetheless, Adam and Eve dialogued in the garden with the serpent (Satan) instead of with God. They deferred to Satan's "authority" over the tree of life rather than God's.

In this holiest of weeks, learn from the mistakes of Adam, Eve, Judas, and a great many people over the centuries. When it comes to the Passion of Christ, you are either with Jesus or against Jesus (Lk 11:23). Give the Lord absolute loyalty over your heart and tongue. Give Jesus your sympathy (Ps 69:21). Dialogue with God and not the forces opposed to Him. Jesus tells each one of us: "Come to Me" (Mt 11:28).

Prayer:  Father, be the Lord of my heart and my loyalties. "Keep me faithful to Your teaching and never let me be parted from You."

Promise:  "The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced." —Is 50:7

Praise:  Praise You, Lord Jesus, for Your constant, never-failing love for me and for all people. I worship You with my life.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
(For encouragement, order any or all of the following tapes: Ignorance of Scriptures is Ignorance of Christ, AV 82-1, V-82, How to Pray the Bible on audio AV 82-3 or on video V-82, How to Read the Bible on audio AV 46-3 or on video V-46, Principles of Bible Interpretation, audio AV 79-1, video V-79.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 30, 2013

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