HOLY WEEK: THE BETRAYAL OF A FRIEND
It’s the last week before the Easter celebration, a time for final reflection and for aligning ourselves in humility and worship. Easter is a time of great joy and celebration as it celebrates the redeeming of each of our lives. Each of journeys has been deeply personal and this last week of reflection is again deeply personal.
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.
– Matthew 26:47-50 (NIV)
Delia Smith says “In reflecting on the events of the Holy week and on some of the principal characters involved, I think what we need to do is look at three distinct aspects: (a) how the person himself might have felt, (b) how Jesus felt, and (c) what is our own response. For me the simplest way to begin to begin to reflect on these significant events – which mark the turning point of our entire history – is to look at them from the human level. I have long felt that nothing makes the Gospels more alive and vivid than the essentially human nature of the story.”
Take a few moments to reflect on your own life, can you identify in some way with the reading of today? Would you allow your life experience to draw you closer to the Lord in this holy week?
“If this had been done by an enemy
I could bear his taunts.
If a rival had risen against me,
I could hide from him.
But it is you, my own companion,
My intimate friend!
(How close was the friendship between us.)
We walked together in harmony
In the house of God.”
– (Psalm 55:12-14)