” … woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!  It would have been good for that man to have never been born.”

Mt 26:24

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This, of course, is from the discourse between Jesus and his Disciples at the Passover meal in which Jesus speaks of his betrayal.

It is from the Gospel reading for Mass today.

It raises questions, sobering questions – about betrayal.

Do we betray Jesus in any way?  By being silent when we should speak?  By electing comfort when we ought to accept the challenge with which we are presented?

Do we ignore our responsibilities in favor of what we prefer to do?  Do we live a life of selfish design, ignoring any possibility that God calls us to live as He desires?

Do we stand for innocents?  Protect them?  Do we lead when it is necessary?

Are we honest?  Are we willing to sacrifice?

Do we stand and defend Christ?  Christianity?  Western Civilization when it is attacked?

The images of the Brussels attacks juxtaposed with those of an American President doing “the wave” at a Cuban baseball game are exceedingly troublesome in the context of this Gospel reading today.

I am often quite amazed that the daily Mass readings will fit so dramatically with events that are most troublesome.

I close with this, also from the Mass reading today:

The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.

Is 50:4

Shalom.

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