THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Today’s gospel: Matthew 26:14-25
Judas betrayed Jesus. Now we would never do that. Or would
have been called by Jesus and we are sent to proclaim the
good news of salvation in him. This is the most important
work we are called to do. How we respond will determine whether
the salvation won by Jesus will be experienced by others.
Thus our response has eternal consequences.
only that. Jesus depends on us, his people, alone. If we do
not do it, then it does not get done. If we do not bring in
the harvest, then the potential harvest withers on the vine.
God simply awaits our action, so that His intent for the life
of the world is accomplished.
Jesus sends us. We are “apostles” or “those
sent.” In what ways then might we betray Jesus and what
he has entrusted us with?
betray Jesus when, instead of striving to live lives of holiness,
we continue to just coast along, living a mediocre Christian
life. As such, Jesus is unable to use us in the way he desires.
We would lack the powerful witness that characterizes Spirit-filled
betray Jesus when, instead of being consumed with zeal for
the proclamation of the gospel, we have our other priorities,
agenda, preferences and directions. We pursue more the world’s
calling rather than the Lord’s. We are busy with our
personal interests rather than the Lord’s.
betray Jesus when, instead of giving the money due from us
to be used for mission, we spend it on ourselves. As such,
our community is unable, due to a lack of funds, to expand
its mission. In this way we steal from God, and rather than
giving money to the Lord’s treasury, it is we who are
paid “thirty pieces of silver” (v.15b).
the eve of the passion of Jesus, let us reflect. Perhaps we
might hear Jesus say, “Amen, I say to you, one of you
will betray me.” (v.21). Your reaction would probably
be immediate and distressed. “Surely it is not I, Lord?”
(v.22b). But think again. For “Judas, his betrayer,
said in reply, ‘Surely it is not I, Rabbi?’”
yourself more closely. Because the consequences of betraying
Jesus are severe. Indeed, “woe to that man by whom the
Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if
he had never been born.” (v.24). We were born to evangelize.
This is one basic reason for our existence. If we do not,
then why are we alive? Our life would have no meaning, and
it would thus be better if we had never been born.
examine yourself. It is not too late to change course. We
can still be the apostles we were meant to be.