Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Matthew 26:14-25
It's Spy Wednesday, and today we read about how Judas betrayed Jesus by handing Him over to the chief priests for thirty pieces of silver. As a child, I remember being horrified by Judas’ actions. How could anyone betray Jesus?
Of course, as an adult I know that every time I sin I betray Jesus. Every time I gossip, every time I lash out in anger, every time I give in to spiritual sloth and skip my Morning or Evening Prayers. Each of my own sins is a betrayal of Jesus. Each one is another reason He died on that cross.
But what we also need to remember is that Judas despaired and never asked forgiveness. Peter, too, denied Christ —three times! — but Peter came back and asked to be forgiven. We, too, have that option through the sacrament of Reconciliation. When we go to Confession, Jesus hears us, loves us, and forgives us.
There is no sin Christ won’t forgive when we approach him in the Confessional. He’ll forgive every denial, every betrayal … if only we ask Him for it.
Before we get to Sunday, let’s make a pact. If you haven’t been able to get to Confession yet this Lent, make an appointment to go. I’ll make sure to do the same. Use the Ten Commandments as an examination of conscience and reconcile with God.
Let’s all approach Jesus and allow Him to heal our souls so we can celebrate the greatest day in all of history: the Resurrection of Easter. Let Christ resurrect your soul. You won’t be sorry.
Has it been a while since I’ve been to Confession? Do I need to reconcile with God and gain a measure of peace in my soul?
Holy Spirit, help me to prepare for a good Confession. Give me courage to approach Christ in the Confessional and to let Him heal me.
Copyright 2021 Christine Johnson
About the Author
Christine Johnson has been married to Nathan since 1993 and is the mother of two homeschool graduates. She and Nathan live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, where she tries to fit in as a transplanted Yank. She blogs at Domestic Vocation about her life as a wife, mother, and Lay Dominican.