Wednesday of the Holy Week

Theme: The challenges of discipleship

In the 1st reading from the 3rd song of the servant of the Lord, we see the difficulties and humiliations that the prophet Isaiah had to endure as a result of his call to discipleship. His situation is very painful because he was suffering unjustly, by the people he cared so much for and was doing everything within his power to ensure that they live a life that is pleasing to God. The fact that he endured all the sufferings and humiliations without fighting back, is something that is worthy of emulation by you and I as Christians in our own time. He trusted in God and handed everything to him. My brothers and sisters in Christ, the action of the prophet Isaiah in today’s 1st reading is worthy of emulation as children of God. Anytime we find ourselves in such a situation like the prophet, we have to hand the situation over to God and allow him to fight the battle for us in his own way. Always remember that the battle is of the Lord and not your personal battle. Just do the needful and allow God to do it in his own way.

In the gospel reading of today, we see the prophesy of Isaiah been fulfilled in the person of Jesus. And as we continue to move closer to the Triduum the betrayal of Judas continues to resound. He willingly sold his master for 30 pieces of silver. How one can easily go astray because of greed and love of money. Dearly beloved in Christ, let us learn today from the mistake of Judas Iscariot, and endeavour never to make such a mistake in our life.

May God grant us the grace to remain steadfast in faith at all times. May almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Wednesday of the Holy Week, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp