What are you willing to give me?

Greetings on this the Wednesday of Holy Week
Readings: Is 50:4-9a; Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34; Mt 26:14-25
Notes: The last day of Lent.

In the many confrontations Jesus had with the powerful and those with authority, the basic confrontation is between who has authority and who has power. Clearly, the gospel readings this Lent bring this forward in a most wonderful way with Jesus’ power over all things and mercy in all his ways.

There is the final question.

What are you willing to give me?
It’s an astounding question actually.
Jesus has already given par excellence (see Seven Signs of Jesus in gospel of John).
I am not aware of Jesus denying Judas anything.

Nor deny you anything of true value.

“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.

The Triduum approaches.
What is the Lord willing to give me?


  • Holy Thursday – Institution of the Eucharist, the Priesthood and Servant Leadership.
  • Good Friday – Forgiveness, propitiation, universal family, total Love.
  • Holy Saturday – Spanning all time and places silent divine presence.(See Romans 8:38-39).
  • Easter Sunday – Victory over death.

Thirty pieces of silver or the promise to the repentant thief?

He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise (LK 23:43).
[This person] was caught up into Paradise and heard ineffable things, which no one may utter (2 COR 12:4).

Cross reference: https://deacongerrypalermo.blog/2021/09/12/canning-season/

First Reading
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.

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.

Gospel Acclamation
Hail to you, our King; you alone are compassionate with our errors.

“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.””

We memorialize the Appointed Time.

What is the Lord willing to give me?
Divine Life, NOW and FOREVER.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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