Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spy Wednesday

We are now in the middle of Holy Week, the commemoration by Holy Mother Church of the betrayal, Passion and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today is Great and Holy Wednesday, also known as "Spy Wednesday", in remembrance of Judas Iscariot's acceptance of thirty pieces of silver to act as a spy for the Sanhedrin -- the religious court of the Jews.

And Satan entered into Judas, who was surnamed Iscariot, one of the twelve:
and he went and discoursed with the chief priests and the magistrates,
how he might betray Him to them.
And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money: and he promised.
And he sought opportunity to betray Him, in the absence of the multitude.
St. Luke 22:3-6

In return for the tainted money, Judas gave the Jews information that enabled them to arrest Jesus, after He had been identified by Judas' kiss of death. Later, Judas committed suicide.

You will find a good depiction of these events in The Passion of the Christ, the historically and Biblically accurate account of Jesus' betrayal, suffering and Crucifixion, directed by Mel Gibson. Recommended as a penance on Good Friday.

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