Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 26:14-25 – WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK: 28 March 2018
The sufferings of Jesus did not begin on the cross or in the garden of Gethsemane. More than the thorns and nails were the sufferings of abandonment, rejection and betrayal. The fact that these are psychological does not make them any less real.
In today’s Gospel reading, we have the Lord at table with His closest friends. These were the ones with whom He shared everything He was and hoped for. Yet, even from them, one would rise and leave to betray Him. We cannot but feel that pang of sadness which stabbed Jesus’ heart when He heard the door close and heard the steps of His betrayer hurry on their mission. More than any physical pain, the rejection and refusal of people to accept His love was hurting to the Lord.
We have no reason to believe that such pain in the Lord is over. He has indeed risen and no thorn or nail can harm His risen and transformed body. But the pains of refusal and rejection remain. In this sense, the passion of Christ continues in our own day.
Even the suffering that Christ endures now is being transformed into an ongoing redemptive moment.
Jakarta, 28 March 2018
A Christian Pilgrim