Monday 10 March 2014

Monday of Holy Week

Some people can be deceptive and cunning. They could appear to be good, but they have hidden motives or hidden agendas. If a situation suits them, they act quickly for their own benefit. If a situation is not favourable, they may lie low and wait for a different time.

Judas Iscariot in today's Gospel is one example of such a person. He was not interested in others. He was interested only in himself. He said: "Why wasn’t this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor?" He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but he cared only about himself. The Gospel further tells us that Judas Iscariot "was a thief; he was in charge of the common fund and used to help himself to the contributions."

Another example of such a person are the chief priests, who only cared about themselves. They were more concerned about losing their "crowd" and even had the audacity to "decide to kill Lazarus as well, since it was on his account that many of the Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus."

What about us? Are we doing things for our own benefit? Are we more interested in our wants and needs, even to the extent of lying, cheating, betraying and killing others? Let us not be fooled into thinking that we can get away with such despicable acts. God is watching, and one will be repaid according to one's deeds (Matthew 16:27).

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