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Gospel Reading: Matthew 26:14-25

14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. 17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain one, and say to him, `The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'” 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. 20 When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve disciples; 21 and as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” 23 He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me. 24 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.” 25 Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Is it I, Master?” He said to him, “You have said so.”

Meditation: Why did Judas betray his Master? Was his treachery motivated by greed, bitter disappointment with Jesus, or hatred because of disillusionment? It may be that Judas never intended for his Master to die. Maybe he thought Jesus was proceeding too slowly and not acting aggressively enough in setting up his messianic kingdom. Perhaps Judas wanted to force Jesus’ hand by compelling him to act. Nonetheless, his tragedy was his refusal to accept Jesus as he was.

Jesus knew beforehand what would befall him. As Jesus ate the passover meal with his twelve apostles he put them under trial and suspicion (one of you will betray me) to teach them to examine themselves rightly, lest they be high-minded and think themselves more strong than they were. We, also must examine ourselves in the light of God’s truth and grace and ask him to strengthen us in faith, hope, and love that we may not fail him or forsake him when we are tempted. Do you pray with confidence in the words Jesus gave us to pray: Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13)?

Prayer
“God our Father, we are exceedingly frail and indisposed to every virtuous undertaking. Strengthen our weakness, we beseech you.” (Prayer of Thomas a Kempis)

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When was the last time you asked God to do something impossible, something out of the ordinary? I believe that one reason we don’t see God do great things is because we only ask Him for small things. Most people pray over their food, pray for protection, or pray for wisdom. That’s all good, but don’t limit what God can do. There should be something you’re praying about, something that you’re asking for that is beyond you, something that you can’t accomplish in your own strength. Do you dare to ask?

Your dreams may look impossible. You don’t have the funding or the connections, but God is saying,

“I dare you to ask Me to bring it to pass. I dare you to ask Me to show you a flood of My favor.”

Women Uplifting Women

-JOM

 

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God gives you answers in three ways:

He says yes and gives you want you want,

He says no and gives you something better

or He says wait and gives you the best.

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I asked God to take away my pain. God said, “No.” It is for me to take away but for you to give up.

I asked God to grant me patience. God said, “No.” Patience is a by-product of tribulation. It isn’t granted, it is earned.

I asked God to spare me from pain. God said, “no.” Suffering draw you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, “No.” You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all the things that I might enjoy life. God said, “No.” I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me. God said… Ahh… Finally you have the idea.

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Yes Jesus loves me for the Bible tells me so
Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to him belong
They are weak but he is strong

Yes Jesus loves me
Oh, yes Jesus loves me
Yes Jesus loves me for the Bible tells me so

Pressing on the up away
Always guide me Lord I pray
Undeserving, and stubbornly never fail to love me still

Yes Jesus loves me
Oh yes Jesus loves me
Oh yes Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so
Yes Jesus loves me, love
Oh yes Jesus loves me for the Bible tells me so
For the Bible tells me so

(Feels so good to know) that I’m never alone
See, sometimes I’m lonely but never alone
For the Bible tells, for the Bible tells
For the Bible tells me so

See I know that he loves me
Whether I’m right, whether I’m wrong

We have truly lost one of the greats. I always love her songs. Listen to the icon’s still-powerful rendition of Yes, Jesus Loves Me.

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How great is your goodness, dear Lord!

Blessed are you for ever!

May all created things praise you, O God,

for loving us so much that we can truthfully speak

of your fellowship with mankind, even in this earthly exile

and however virtuous we may be,

our virtue always depends on your great warmth

and generosity, dear Lord.

Your bounty is infinite.

How wonderful are your works!

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I asked God to take away my pride and God said, ‘No’.
He said it was not for Him to take away but for me to give up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole and God said, ‘No’.
He said the body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience and God said, ‘No’.
He said patience is a by-product of tribulation. It isn’t granted, it’s earned.

I asked God to give me happiness and God said, ‘No’.
He said He gives His blessings. Happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me from pain and God said, ‘No’.
He said sufferings draw me apart from worldly cares and bring me closer to Him.

I asked God to make my spirit grow and God said, ‘No’.
He said I must grow on my own, but He will prune me to make me fruitful.

I asked God if He loved me and God said, ‘Yes‘.
He gave His only Son who died for me and I will be in heaven someday because I believe.

I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me and God said,
‘Ah, Finally you have the idea!’

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