Happy Spy Wednesday Everyone! This the day where Judas Iscariot agreed, for thirty pieces of silver, to show Jesus’ adversaries, the chief priests, where they could arrest Him without upsetting the crowds. Our Gospel of the day, Matthew 26:14-25, includes the story of betrayal. This action by Judas earned him the title of “spy” by medieval Christians. Judas secretly watched for a chance to turn Jesus over to the chief priests, and so many Christians labeled this day as “Spy Wednesday.”
Some parishes tonight might be having a Tenebrae Service. Tenebrae commemorates the suffering and death of Jesus. The service has the gradual extinguishing of lighted candles and then a loud noise known as the “strepitus” at the end in the darkness. I may have shared with you about the seminarian who decided to use a small canon to fire for the strepitus. Well, with the gunpowder he had too much bang, more than flash. The faculty was not happy with him.
This evening we do have another opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confessions go from 6PM to 7PM. Confessions will be held in Stairwell “C.” Please enter through the Parish Office. Then tomorrow, the Holy Thursday Mass is at 7PM. God bless and stay safe!
Fr. Steve Breck
Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene