Have you ever given pieces of yourself for money, for work for greatness in the world? Maybe you spend a lot of time putting in the long hours at work in order to get a raise, or get promoted to the top. Perhaps you put more of your money towards looking the best you can, when really it should be spent on the mortgage, the monthly bills, and not to put on an appearance. We tend to give bits of ourselves to money in some way, perhaps even that one hobby that you just can't resist when opportunity comes. I know for myself, buying a tea, or finding a new outfit are definitely tempting spots that make me want to give my money. Where are you tempted to spend where you should really save? Could you resist in order to give that money to someone or an organization that could be helpful to those in need?
Today's Gospel states:'Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What will you give me if I deliver him to you?" And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. 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?" 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.'" And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the passover. 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"' (Matthew 26:14-25).
Today's reading talks about how Judas betrays Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. We are all sinners. We too take the place of Judas at times, selling parts of ourselves for things in this world that don't really matter in the long run. So many of us build up our appearance based on things we own, the money we have, when everyone knows that this isn't what makes a person. We need to use our money wisely, for the basic necessities, to live, but also to help those in need. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you cut back in some areas so that you can help support those in need.
Today we pray:
Thank You for giving me all that I have to live a happy life. Help me to cut back on useless spending so that I can help support others, so that they too can live a good life.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.