Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Daily Lenten inspiration, April 19, 2011 (Tuesday of Holy Week)

Transcript of homily recorded on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

By Monsignor Gerald McSorley

Yesterday's Gospel focused on an act of love performed by Mary toward Jesus by anointing and washing and drying his feet.

Today's Gospel focuses our attention not on an act of love, but an act of betrayal — two of them, in fact — the betrayal of Judas who had been chosen by Jesus, but yet he turned his back on Jesus and sold him for 30 pieces of silver. And then also, in the Gospel, we find mention made of the future betrayal of Peter. Despite Peter's protestations of his loyalty, Jesus tells him that he's going to betray him, also. And we know that Peter did deny Jesus. But the great difference between the betrayal of Judas and Peter is that Judas went into despair. Instead of turning to Jesus for forgiveness, he went out and killed himself out of despair. On the other hand, Peter was able to come to repentance and be forgiven. And so, Peter went on after Pentecost to be Peter the rock on which Jesus founded his church.

For ourselves, let's hope that we focus always on trying to do acts of love, loving acts towards Jesus and towards others. And we are reminded, of course, that sins are always acts of betrayal — great or small. But we, too, know of God's mercy and forgiveness for our sins, and there's never any reason to despair of God's mercy because God's love and mercy comes to us in such great abudnance in Jesus Christ.

So, especially this week, let's try to find ways to be with Jesus, to focus our attention on him, to do and perform loving acts towards him and towards our brothers and sisters.

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