Holy Wednesday Devotional

Holy Wednesday
Read: James 5:10-16, Romans 15:1-7, I Corinthians 12:27-31-13:1-8, II Corinthians 1:8-11. Galatians 5:22-6:2, I
Thessalonians 5:14-23. Gospel readings: Luke 10:25-37, Luke 19:1-10, Matthew 10:1 & 10:5-8, Matthew 8:14-
23, Matthew 25:1-13, Matthew 15:21-28, and Matthew 9:9-13.

Overview: Day of Rest.

The scriptures do not mention this day but with the surrounding events it seems to indicate that on this day Jesus rested in preparation for what was to come. This day of rest would also give Judas a chance to meet with the church leaders and plan his betrayal of Jesus Christ.

On Great Wednesday the Church invites the faithful to focus their attention on two figures: the sinful woman who
anointed the head of Jesus shortly before the passion (Mt 26.6-13) Matthew 26:6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.

Judas, the disciple who betrayed the Lord. The former acknowledged Jesus as Lord, while the latter severed himself from the Master. The one was set free, while the other became a slave. The one inherited the kingdom, while the other fell into perdition.

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