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Daily Prayer - 2013-03-27

Presence

May my heart rejoice in your love, O Lord.
Let me live each day anew.

Freedom

"Leave me here freely all alone
In cell where never sunlight shone
should no one ever speak to me
This golden silence makes me free."
Part of a poem written by a prisoner at Dachau concentration camp

Consciousness

Help me Lord to be more conscious of your presence.
Teach me to recognise your presence in others.
Fill my heart with gratitude for the times Your love has been shown to me through the care of others.

The Word of God

Matthew 26:14-25

Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What will you give me if I betray him to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?" He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'" So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal. When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me." And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, "Surely not I, Lord?" He answered, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born." Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" He replied, "You have said so."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Judas, partly because of his greed, but he must have had other reasons too, asked the chief priests how much they would give him, if he delivered Jesus into their hands. They paid him thirty pieces of silver – a considerable sum. It seems that all he could do was to indicate a suitable time and place to arrest him.
  • During the Passover meal, Jesus announced who was to betray him. We too may be given lights or indications as to what state we are in during the celebration of the Eucharist.
  • It would be wrong for us to judge Judas or to condemn him. The mercy of God extends to him too. After all he repented afterwards and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood” (Matthew 27:3-4). His death may have been utter disgust at what he had done. Yet it contained the prayer: ‘I should have done better’.

Conversation

Lord, you have engraved my name
on the palm of your hand.
Even if others forget me,
you never will.

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.

Amen

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