April 8, 2020 – Wednesday of Holy Week

“Avoiding attachment to the ‘little silvers of our life’ that can cause a potential disciple to become a pitiful betrayer and realizing the need to depend on the Lord always!”

(Based on Isa 50:4-9 and Mt 26:14-25)

One day a certain old rich man, of miserly disposition, visited a rabbi.

The rabbi took the rich man by the hand and led him to a window.

“Look out there,” he said. And the rich man looked out into the street.
“What do you see?” asked the rabbi. “I see men, and women, and little children,” answered the rich man.

Again the rabbi took him by the hand, but this time led him to a mirror in the room: “What do you see now?” “Now I see myself,” the rich man replied.

Then the rabbi said, “Behold—in the window there is glass, and in the mirror there is glass.

But the glass of the mirror is covered with a little silver
And no sooner is the silver added that you cease to see others, but see only yourself!”

Attachment to riches can be a block to see the world, in the way God wants us to see!

Crave for money can prevent us from seeing God’s worldview and the needs of our brethren!

The Gospel of the Day is an account of the fall of a chosen disciple of Christ – Judas
… a person who was called to be an Apostle, but fell away due to “the attachment to silver.”

Judas fell into the sin of avarice.
One of the greatest dangers in life is that of misuse and attraction to money.

The Lord said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt 6:21)

Like all other disciples, Judas was also called to be a chosen one of the Lord.

Like all the others, he too was appointed, “to be with him, and to be sent out to preach” (Mk
3:14)

But as time passed by, Judas consistently began to fall away from the Master

He began to lose his focus from Him.

The Master had warned: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon!” (Mt 6:24)

Judas had a gradual but sure downfall…
… as his faithfulness to the Lord decreased and his attachment to riches increase.

Here is an excellent lesson for all of us:

Our fall doesn’t happen in a single day
… but is a sum total of a number of failures and moments of unfaithfulness

Our betrayal is not one solitary act
… but is a result of a number of smaller occasions of denying the voice of the Lord

Is my life so much attached to worldly pleasures, riches, powers, my own talents and capabilities…
… that I fail to depend on the Lord and make Him the only and ultimate treasure of my life?

Judas, “an insider” became the betrayer!

An insider is the one capable of being the greatest traitor and betrayer.

Among all the people who knew Jesus, The Twelve were chosen to be the closest.
… they shared the inner-most life and secrets of the Lord.

And therefore, the greatest danger was from one among them; and Judas Iscariot proved this right, by agreeing to betray his Master.

The Church today faces a number of dangers and persecutions.

But the greatest comes from “the insiders.”
… those who call themselves followers of Christ, but fail to live authentic Christian lives
… those who profess their lives to the Lord, but neglect their fundamental
… those who consecrate themselves to the Love of the Lord, but entertain sinful attachments

As an insider in the Church, am I betraying the Lord, by leading a lukewarm life, a scandalous life or a disinterested life?

These days, in particular, when we ‘miss our physical participation in the Sacramental Liturgy’ of the Church, we are called forth to display our Faith, by reviving and renewing our Prayer Life – personally and in the homes – and also through other acts and devotions of Faith.

The Passion of the Lord is near at hand.

Prophet Isaiah, through these days of readings on the ‘Suffering Servant’, reminds us of the tremendous agony and humiliation that Jesus had to undergo: “I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I hid not my face from shame and spitting!” (Isa 50:6)

At the same time, we are also reminded of the tremendous commitment of Jesus, Who put His total trust in His Father: “For the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been confounded; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame!” (Isa 50:7)

The absolute commitment and faithfulness of Jesus to obey His Father’s Will is a mighty inspiration and lesson for all of us.

We are encouraged to pledge our lives in complete commitment to the Lord and His Will

Let us become aware of the dangers and temptations that prevent us from this total surrender…
… and let us have the courage, to remain firm in depending on the Lord for everything.

Attachment to riches can be a block to see the world, in the way God wants us to see!

Crave for money can prevent us from seeing God’s worldview and the needs of our brethren!

May the lesson, that “a little silver” led a potential disciple to be a pitiful betrayer…
… open our eyes to see the danger of attachments to riches in our life
… and the need to depend on the Lord always!

Today, on the eve of Maundy Thursday, let us make an honest Act of Reconciliation to the Lord…
… asking His Pardon and Mercy for all our faults and failures
… seeking to restore our broken relationships and reaching out in forgiveness and mercy to those whom we have hurt and those who have hurt us
… and having the courage to overcome those ‘sinful areas’ of our life that causes us to betray the Love of the Lord!

God Bless! Live Jesus!


Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “There is a wide difference between having poison and being poisoned. All apothecaries (chemist/pharmacist) have poisons ready for special uses, but they are not consequently poisoned, because the poison is only in their shop, not in themselves.
And so you many possess riches without being poisoned by them, so long as they are in your house or purse only, and not in your heart. It is the Christian’s privilege to be rich in material things, and poor in attachment to them!”

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