Wednesday of Holy Week
Eternal God, who commanded us to listen to Your beloved Son, direct our actions according to Your Will, just as Your Son did.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Isaiah 50:4-9a; Matthew 26:14-25
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He [Jesus] said,
“Go into the city to a certain man and tell him,
‘The teacher says, “My appointed time draws near;
in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples”.’”
As Jews Jesus and His disciples had to celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem. It was one of the three times of the year when all Jews are called to Jerusalem. They waited until first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the last day possible, to enter the holy city because they knew the religious leaders for looking for Jesus to arrest and kill Him. With all of Israel gathered in Jerusalem, accommodations are scarce.
Yet Jesus trusts His Father to provide what He needs. As in the reading on Palm Sunday, also from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus instructs His disciples where to procure what they need for the Passover.
- When God speaks to me today, will I be attentive to His voice?
- When I pray, am I confident that God will provide whatever I truly need?
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.