This day has come down to us as by the name of Spy Wednesday. Traditionally it is the day on which Judas spied on the Lord before handing him over to the Jews.
Judas has become a name that is hated; we use the word for someone who has carried out a despicable act or has betrayed our trust. The passion really starts here when Jesus begins to feel the betrayal of one of his closest friends. Being let down like this is terrible.
Then there is the element of greed: “What will you give me if I hand him over to you?” We are down to the monetary value of a friend.
The price put on the Son of God, who had done nothing wrong and had only done good, was the price of a slave, 30 pieces of silver. We are strange creatures us human beings; we are so wrapped up in our worldly issues that we cannot see when something good is happening for us.
We are moving on towards the big showdown. The plot is being played out in front of our eyes: Judas has made his decision and still the Lord waits for the will of his Father to unfold. Will Judas go through with it, will Jesus give in….these are the questions hanging in the air.
If we try to imagine ourselves in the throng of the city, listening to the people talking about Jesus and whether or not he will come up to the Festival, we get some impression of the tension building. Lest we forget, this is the week that seals the fate of all mankind, this is the week when history changed forever.
And we live it out every day of our lives: Holy Week is part of everyday life.