HOMILY OF WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK, 31ST MARCH, 2021
R1:- Isaiah 50:4-9a
Accl:- Hail, our king, you alone have had mercy on our failings
Gosp:- Matthew 26:14-25
THEME: JUDASIC INSTINCT: HOW WE SELL OUR LOVERS
Despite the amount of love Jesus showed to Judas, he suffered no qualms selling his master.
For the greedy, all other people around them are mere objects of personal gain, and everybody has a price tag. When they notice that your price has reduced, they cease dealing with you. They relate well with you as long as you service their ego. Your friendship with them last only when you play according to their business plan.
However, for Judas, dealing with Jesus has always been a good business. He has been helping himself from the money bag as the treasurer. When the bigger opportunity came to sell the master, he grabbed it fast.” How much will you pay me? He asked the high priest.
Greed is a devil chip. Whoever has it has a vital role to play for Satan. Knowing or unknowingly, he is an instrument in the hand of the evil one. It is toxic having people with “Judasic” instinct around us. They can never be a neighbour. Rather, they are strangers. They are cracked walls through which lizard enters our life and home.
It is dangerous dealing with someone who can easily be bought with materials, even with flatter. Whoever feeds from the ego’s pot of “Me, I and myself” is a delicate neighbour. To feel good and comfortable, they can sell others very cheap and trade with other’s integrity.
Let us begin to see others as people to be loved and respected. Let us reach out to others with their own interest at heart. This helps us to know their rightful place in our lives, so as to embrace and deal with them appropriately.
May every atom of greed in us melt away, and may we see others with the eyes of love that we may not trade with others’ life and integrity. Amen.