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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Wednesday of Holy Week

Gospel text (Mt 26,14-25): One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went off to the chief priests and said, «How much will you give me if I hand him over to you?». They promised to give him thirty pieces of silver, and from then on he kept looking for the best way to hand him over to them.

On the first day of the Festival of the Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and said to him, «Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?». Jesus answered, «Go into the city, to the house of a certain man, and tell him: ‘The Master says: My hour is near, and I will celebrate the Passover with my disciples in your house’». The disciples did as Jesus had ordered and prepared the Passover meal (…).

The Easter

Fr. Josep Mª MASSANA i Mola OFM (Barcelona, Spain)

Today, the apostles are getting ready for Easter. Judas is plotting the “business” of surrendering the Master, without suspecting that his treason “provides” the Victim of the new Easter. The rest of the apostles are preparing the banquet, not realizing that Easter will not anymore be that of the Old Testament, but that of the New Testament: Jesus, Eucharistic food and victim on the Cross.

Easter means “passage”: passage or transition from slavery to freedom, passage through the desert, the Jordan, the Red Sea… A God’s step that always means protection and salvation. It was the Jews’ most important feast: sacrifice and banquet together, celebrating their history of salvation.

—Lord Jesus, I also wish to prepare your Easter as your disciples did. I know that your “hour” is approaching, by your own “surrendering”, by the sacrifice of the Cross and by the death. That your “passage” be also mine, and your Easter be my passage into a new life in You.

Merry Christmas and happy new year 2021 in the Lord God

The evangeli.net Team