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Posted on 04/07/2020 9:10:57 PM PDT by Salvation
The Lord GOD has given me
a well-trained tongue,
That I might know how to speak to the weary
a word that will rouse them.
Morning after morning
he opens my ear that I may hear;
And I have not rebelled,
have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
My face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting.
The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
He is near who upholds my right;
if anyone wishes to oppose me,
let us appear together.
Who disputes my right?
Let him confront me.
See, the Lord GOD is my help;
who will prove me wrong?
R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
For your sake I bear insult,
and shame covers my face.
I have become an outcast to my brothers,
a stranger to my mothers sons,
because zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak,
I looked for sympathy, but there was none;
for consolers, not one could I find.
Rather they put gall in my food,
and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving:
See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
Hail to you, our King;
you alone are compassionate with our errors.
Hail to you, our King, obedient to the Father;
you were led to your crucifixion like a gentle lamb to the slaughter.
One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,
went to the chief priests and said,
What are you willing to give me
if I hand him over to you?
They paid him thirty pieces of silver,
and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
the disciples approached Jesus and said,
Where do you want us to prepare
for you to eat the Passover?
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.
The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered,
and prepared the Passover.
When it was evening,
he reclined at table with the Twelve.
And while they were eating, he said,
Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.
Deeply distressed at this,
they began to say to him one after another,
Surely it is not I, Lord?
He said in reply,
He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me
is the one who will betray me.
The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man if he had never been born.
Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply,
Surely it is not I, Rabbi?
He answered, You have said so.
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From: Isaiah 50:4-9a
Third Song of the Servant of the Lord
 For the LORD GOD helps me; therefore I have not been confounded; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;  he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near me. [9a] Behold, the Lord GOD helps me; who will declare me guilty?
50:4-9. The second song dealt with the servants mission (cf. 49:6); the third song focuses on the servant himself. The term servant as such does not appear here, and therefore some commentators read the passage as being a description of a prophet and not part of the songs. Still, the context (cf. 50:10) does suggest that the protagonist is the servant. The poem is neatly constructed in three stanzas, each beginning with the words, The Lord God (vv. 4, 5, 7), and it has a conclusion containing that same wording (v. 9). The first stanza emphasizes the servants docility to the word of God; that is, he is not depicted as a self-taught teacher with original ideas, but as an obedient disciple. The second (vv. 5-6) speaks of the suffering that that docility has brought him, without his uttering a word of complaint. The third (vv. 7-8) shows how determined the servant is: if he suffers in silence, it is not out of cowardice but because God helps him and makes him stronger than his persecutors. The conclusion (v. 9) is like the verdict of a trial: when all is said and done, the servant will stand tall, and all his enemies will be struck down.
The evangelists saw the words of this song as finding fulfillment in Jesus—especially what the song has to say about the suffering and silent fortitude of the servant. The Gospel of John, for example, quotes Nicodemus acknowledgment of Christs wisdom: Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him (Jn 3:21). But the description of the servants sufferings was the part that most impressed the early Christians; that part of the song was recalled when they meditated on the passion of Jesus and how they spat in his face; and struck him; and some slapped him (Mt 26:67) and later how the Roman soldiers spat upon him, and took the reed and struck him on the head (Mt 27:30; cf. also Mk 15:19; Jn 19:3). St Paul refers to v. 9 when applying to Christ Jesus the role of intercessor on behalf of the elect in the suit pressed constantly against them by the enemies of the soul: Who shall bring any charge against Gods elect? (Rom 8:33).
St Jerome sees the servants docility as a reference to Christ: His self-discipline and wisdom enabled him to communicate to us the knowledge of the Father. And he was obedient onto death, death on the cross; he offered his body to the blows they struck, his shoulders to the lash; and though he was wounded on the chest and on his face, he did not try to turn away and escape their violence (”Commentarii In Isaiam”, 50, 4). This passage is used in the liturgy of Palm Sunday (along with Psalm 22 and St Pauls hymn in the Letter to the Philippians 2:6-11), before the reading of our Lords passion.
From: Matthew 26:14-25
Judas Betrays Jesus
Preparations for the Last Supper
 When it was evening, He sat at table with the twelve disciples;  and as they were eating, He said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”  And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to Him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?”  He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with Me, will betray Me.  The Son of Man goes as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”  Judas, who betrayed Him, said, “Is it I, Master?” He said to him, “You have said so.”
15. It is disconcerting and sobering to realize that Judas Iscariot actually went as far as to sell the man whom he had believed to be the Messiah and who had called him to be one of the Apostles. Thirty shekels or pieces of silver were the price of a slave (cf. Exodus 21:32), the same value as Judas put on his Master.
17. This unleavened bread, azymes, took the form of loaves which had to be eaten over a seven-day period, in commemoration of the unleavened bread which the Israelites had to take with them in their hurry to leave Egypt (cf. Exodus 12:34). In Jesus’ time the Passover supper was celebrated on the first day of the week of the Unleavened Bread.
18. Although the reference is to an unnamed person, probably our Lord gave the person’s actual name. In any event, from what other evangelists tell us (Mark 14:13; Luke 22:10), Jesus gave the disciples enough information to enable them to find the house.
22. Although the glorious events of Easter have yet to occur (which will teach the Apostles much more about Jesus), their faith has been steadily fortified and deepened in the course of Jesus’ public ministry (cf. John 2:11; 6:68-69) through their contact with Him and the divine grace they have been given (cf. Matthew 16:17). At this point they are quite convinced that our Lord knows their internal attitudes and how they are going to act: each asks in a concerned way whether he will prove to be loyal in the time ahead.
24. Jesus is referring to the fact that He will give Himself up freely to suffering and death. In so doing He would fulfill the Will of God, as proclaimed centuries before (cf. Psalm 41:10; Isaiah 53:7). Although our Lord goes to His death voluntarily, this does not reduce the seriousness of Judas’ treachery.
25. This advance indication that Judas is the traitor is not noticed by the other Apostles (cf. John 13:26-29).
That first reading sure hits home for me today.
I am backing a local candidate that is an outsider
the old guard is dysfunctional and incompetent
now my old friends have turned on me.
Please send me the Holy Spirit so when I speak
they will hear Him speaking instead of me
Liturgical Colour: Violet.
|First reading||Isaiah 50:4-9 ©|
|Psalm 68(69):8-10,21-22,31,33-34 ©|
|Matthew 26:14-25 ©|
The Holy Spirit will put the words in your mouth if only you ask, seek and knock. Don’t give up.
Prayers for the nation and the world during this trying time. Prayers for all who are celebrating Holy Week.
|English: Douay-Rheims||Latin: Vulgata Clementina||Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)|
|14.||Then went one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, to the chief priests,||Tunc abiit unus de duodecim, qui dicebatur Judas Iscariotes, ad principes sacerdotum :||τοτε πορευθεις εις των δωδεκα ο λεγομενος ιουδας ισκαριωτης προς τους αρχιερεις|
|15.||And said to them: What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? But they appointed him thirty pieces of silver.||et ait illis : Quid vultis mihi dare, et ego vobis eum tradam ? At illi constituerunt ei triginta argenteos.||ειπεν τι θελετε μοι δουναι καγω υμιν παραδωσω αυτον οι δε εστησαν αυτω τριακοντα αργυρια|
|16.||And from thenceforth he sought opportunity to betray him.||Et exinde quærebat opportunitatem ut eum traderet.||και απο τοτε εζητει ευκαιριαν ινα αυτον παραδω|
|17.||And on the first day of the Azymes, the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the pasch?||Prima autem die azymorum accesserunt discipuli ad Jesum, dicentes : Ubi vis paremus tibi comedere Pascha ?||τη δε πρωτη των αζυμων προσηλθον οι μαθηται τω ιησου λεγοντες αυτω που θελεις ετοιμασομεν σοι φαγειν το πασχα|
|18.||But Jesus said: Go ye into the city to a certain man, and say to him: the master saith, My time is near at hand, with thee I make the pasch with my disciples.||At Jesus dixit : Ite in civitatem ad quemdam, et dicite ei : Magister dicit : Tempus meum prope est, apud te facio Pascha cum discipulis meis.||ο δε ειπεν υπαγετε εις την πολιν προς τον δεινα και ειπατε αυτω ο διδασκαλος λεγει ο καιρος μου εγγυς εστιν προς σε ποιω το πασχα μετα των μαθητων μου|
|19.||And the disciples did as Jesus appointed to them, and they prepared the pasch.||Et fecerunt discipuli sicut constituit illis Jesus, et paraverunt Pascha.||και εποιησαν οι μαθηται ως συνεταξεν αυτοις ο ιησους και ητοιμασαν το πασχα|
|20.||But when it was evening, he sat down with his twelve disciples.||Vespere autem facto, discumbebat cum duodecim discipulis suis.||οψιας δε γενομενης ανεκειτο μετα των δωδεκα|
|21.||And whilst they were eating, he said: Amen I say to you, that one of you is about to betray me.||Et edentibus illis, dixit : Amen dico vobis, quia unus vestrum me traditurus est.||και εσθιοντων αυτων ειπεν αμην λεγω υμιν οτι εις εξ υμων παραδωσει με|
|22.||And they being very much troubled, began every one to say: Is it I, Lord?||Et contristati valde, cperunt singuli dicere : Numquid ego sum Domine ?||και λυπουμενοι σφοδρα ηρξαντο λεγειν αυτω εκαστος αυτων μητι εγω ειμι κυριε|
|23.||But he answering, said: He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, he shall betray me.||At ipse respondens, ait : Qui intingit mecum manum in paropside, hic me tradet.||ο δε αποκριθεις ειπεν ο εμβαψας μετ εμου εν τω τρυβλιω την χειρα ουτος με παραδωσει|
|24.||The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed: it were better for him, if that man had not been born.||Filius quidem hominis vadit, sicut scriptum est de illo : væ autem homini illi, per quem Filius hominis tradetur ! bonum erat ei, si natus non fuisset homo ille.||ο μεν υιος του ανθρωπου υπαγει καθως γεγραπται περι αυτου ουαι δε τω ανθρωπω εκεινω δι ου ο υιος του ανθρωπου παραδιδοται καλον ην αυτω ει ουκ εγεννηθη ο ανθρωπος εκεινος|
|25.||And Judas that betrayed him, answering, said: Is it I, Rabbi? He saith to him: Thou hast said it.||Respondens autem Judas, qui tradidit eum, dixit : Numquid ego sum Rabbi ? Ait illi : Tu dixisti.||αποκριθεις δε ιουδας ο παραδιδους αυτον ειπεν μητι εγω ειμι ραββι λεγει αυτω συ ειπας|
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We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.
Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.
Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.
Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.
Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.
Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.
O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.
Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests
This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.
The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.
The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.
Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem. He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.
St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.
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