Betrayal
Fr. Jordi
Rivero
4/7/2012

The Gospel readings during Holy Week often speak of betrayal. Jesus is betrayed and left alone! Not only Judas betrayed Him but all the Apostles, including Peter. Where were all the people that Jesus healed and those who welcomed Him as the Messiah?

Let us examine what is behind Peter's betrayal and learn from it. There is no reason to doubt the sincerity of Peter when he said: "I will give my life for you", "I will never betray you". He really loved Jesus and desired to be faithful. What went wrong? Jesus says: "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak". Peter and the others failed to understand their own weakness and their need to heed the stern warnings of the Lord. On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus prepared them, telling them about his death on the cross and that they must be ready to follow Him to the end.

Mt 16:24-25 "Jesus told his disciples, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."

Peter thought to "save" Jesus from the cross and Jesus strongly admonished him, saying that he was being misled by Satan. He was thinking like men do and not like God does. To be faithful to the Lord we must renounce to our natural way of thinking and allow Him to teach us to think like Him. Betrayal need not be direct and deliberate. The beginning of betrayal is this: Not to listen to Jesus and thus remain fixed in our ways. Faithfulness is always the fruit of consistently practicing obedience and death to self. Betrayal happens if we don't and that is why it is so common. Few set out to be betrayers.

We can see the same pattern in all betrayals. When fidelity requires suffering or becomes a threat to our interests, we are tempted to separate ourselves and wash our hands. Men's thoughts are directed towards satisfying or protecting the flesh. "The flesh is weak". "The flesh" is our tendency to satisfy our senses and to avoid any kind of suffering. We want to be faithful to Jesus but when faced with the cross we think not of Him but of ourselves (our flesh) and we end up betraying Him as a way to escape suffering.

To be faithful we need to constantly turn to the Lord and yield to Him, to His love, as we are faced with our daily crosses in the form of injustices, offenses and rejections. This process unites us to Christ so that we are one heart with Him. Only by sharing His faithfulness can we be faithful. Do we unite with Jesus in love, allowing our hearts to suffer with Him or do we recoil to protect ourselves and thus cater to our flesh? It is in the little daily crosses, united to a way of life consecrated to Mary and centered in the Eucharist, that we prepare for the big crosses, ready to die as one with Christ.

While all the apostles failed to prepare for the cross, only Peter was told "get behind me Satan" and only Peter later spoke the words of denial three times. This is so because only Peter took the risk to follow more closely. He was weak and failed but he was in the front lines while the others where running. There is an important teaching here. Only if we are walking do we fall. Only then are we admonished for our failures. But then we are able to repent and receive the grace to grow in faithfulness. "Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me!" (Ps 81:8). The most terrible thing is not to fail as Peter did but the indifference of heart that does not even care.

At a time when large numbers of Catholics betray the Lord in favor of the trends of the world, we need to realize that we, like Peter, are being admonished by Christ. We don't mean to betray Him but we do. Therefore, we must put to death the rebelliousness of the flesh with its constant demand for self seeking and turn constantly our attention to the love of Christ at the cross. We must enter into discipleship. The crosses of life will test our true growth in Christ. We have a choice: Selfishness (catering to the flesh) which leads to death or love of the cross which leads to life.

Though we have betrayed him as Peter did, the Lord desires to restore us in fidelity to the covenant, to strengthen us to face the trials of our times and to send us as witnesses to our brothers and sisters.

Therefore thus says the Lord:

If you return, I will restore you,
and you shall stand before me.
If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless,
you shall be as my mouth.

They shall turn to you,
but you shall not turn to them. 20 And I will make you to this people
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you,
but they shall not prevail over you,
for I am with you
to save you and deliver you, says the Lord
-Jeremiah 15:19-20


Judas betrays Jesus
He would not abandon his own plans
Jesus speaks to a Mother of the Cross

4/20/11

Why did Judas betray Me? Pride, self-love, vanity… He could not abandon his plans, his ways, his own desires. My ways began to oppose his ways and he was not willing to abandon his ways to follow Me. He sought honor and power and I was humiliated and humble. He sought riches and I was poor seeking only the Kingdom of God. He betrayed Me in his act of manipulation never having intended to have Me killed. Finally, being self-absorbed in himself he could not receive My forgiveness because he could not fathom a God of infinite mercy.

I, My little one, am betrayed daily by the majority of those who call themselves mine. There are very few who are willing to abandon their plans, goals, desires… their very lives to follow Me. The cry, "Crucify him, crucify him!" represented the majority. These were men and women that heard me teach, witnessed My miracles or had heard of My miracles through word of mouth. They were led astray by the fury and opinions of others.

I was not only betrayed by Judas, My little one, but by all My apostles as well. Who was there to defend Me, to speak up for Me, to give witness to Me? Only My Mother and Mary Magdalene. John came later and followed Me to the foot of the Cross because he was led and strengthened by My Mother.

Do you see My daughter how many followers I had then and how many followers I have today?

After My death, My apostles weak and scared gathered around My Mother. She, the living vessel of the Holy Spirit, taught them, guided them, prayed with them, and prepared them to receive the outpouring of My Spirit in Pentecost. It was she with the Holy Spirit that prepared them to be My followers, that is martyrs of love. For the ways of God, as My life revealed, are not the ways of the world.

Will you be My follower, My daughter? Will you remain united to your Love Crucified till the end? Will you continue to abandon all your plans, desires, life to trust completely in Me? Will you allow Me to make you one with the Victim of Love, misunderstood, condemned, ridiculed, rejected, betrayed, humiliated? Will you receive all My wounds and radiate to the world the love of God?

My apostles of light must be My martyrs of love. My daughter, preach victimhood in Me with all the passion of your heart and do not be afraid to be misunderstood by many. My daughter, the Missionaries of the Cross must reveal to the world the Power of God revealed in the Word of the Cross by they, themselves, becoming one with the Word of the Cross. You must gather, like My apostles, around Mary. In the upper room Mary had them gather to pray at the foot of the Cross contemplating My crucified love. It is only here that you receive the power of the Holy Spirit. My daughter, bring many to the foot of the Cross as one with My Mother. Thank you for responding to My call.

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As I read today's Gospel reading from Mathew and Jesus says, "Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me..." and then, "He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me", I felt that it is all of us who receive the Eucharist. It is I too who has betrayed Him throughout the years of my life.

Pope Benedict writes on Jesus of Nazareth, page 68: "Judas' betrayal was not the last breach of fidelity that Jesus would suffer. "Even my bosom friend, in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me" (Ps 41:9). The breach of friendship extends into the sacramental community of the Church, where people continue to take "his bread" and to betray him." This morning concerning Judas, Jesus says to me, "Finally, being self-absorbed in himself he could not receive my forgiveness because he could not fathom a God of infinite mercy." Pope Benedict on page 69 says, "His second tragedy- after the betrayal- is that he can no longer believe in forgiveness. Now he sees only himself and his darkness..." 


Jesus betrayed and forsaken by his own
Message received by a mother of the cross, 4/5/12
Holy Thursday

Heaven cries with Me, My little one. My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me? God will never forsake you but your friends, family and even My Church will. I cry for I have been forsaken by My very own, My priests. My flock has forsaken Me, their good Shepherd, for they no longer recognize the face and voice of their Shepherd, so they follow the false shepherd, the king of lies and deception. Heaven cries tears of sorrow with Me. My Way of love, life, truth and happiness is abandoned and deserted except for a few, My holy remnant. I have been blessed, broken and continue to be given to all, yet few flourish and radiate My life. Why? Because they live in deception. It is only through the Way of the Cross that you will enter new life. The life of true love, true joy and true peace. Bring many, for Me, to find The Way that has been lost and concealed through the deception of satan. In this way you will bring many to their salvation. You console Me in your obedience to My Holy Will. Know that I am with you, guiding you.


Benedict XVI
In the end, Jesus knew that even among the Twelve there was one who did not believe: Judas. Judas too could have left like the other disciples did; perhaps he should have left had he wanted to be honest. Instead he stayed with Jesus. He stayed not because of faith, not because of love, but with the secret plan to get back at the Master. Why? Because Judas felt that Jesus had betrayed him and he decided to betray Jesus in turn. Judas was a zealot and wanted a victorious Messiah who would lead a revolt against the Romans. Jesus frustrated these expectations. The problem is that Judas did not leave and his gravest fault was falsity, which is the sign of the devil. Because of this Jesus said to the Twelve: "One among you is a devil!" (John 6:70). Let us pray to the Virgin Mary, who helps us to believe in Jesus, as St. Peter did, to be ever more sincere with him and with everyone.
-Source, zenit.org


Message of the Lord to LC, 4/20/11
Cf. Mathew 26:14-25

Why did Judas betray Me? Pride, self-love, vanity… He could not abandon his plans, his ways, his own desires. My ways began to oppose his ways and he was not willing to abandon his ways to follow Me. He sought honor and power and I was humiliated and humble. He sought riches and I was poor, seeking only the Kingdom of God. He betrayed Me in his act of manipulation, never having intended to have Me killed. Finally, being self-absorbed in himself he could not receive My forgiveness because he could not fathom a God of infinite mercy.

I, My little one, am betrayed daily by the majority of those who call themselves Mine. There are very few who are willing to abandon their plans, goals, desires… their very lives to follow Me. The cry "Crucify him, crucify him!" represented the majority. These were men and women that heard me teach, witnessed My miracles or had heard of My miracles through word of mouth. They were led astray by the fury and opinions of others.

I was not only betrayed by Judas, My little one, but by all My apostles as well. Who was there to defend Me, to speak up for Me, to give witness to Me? Only My Mother and Mary Magdalene. John came later and followed Me to the foot of the Cross because he was led and strengthened by My Mother.

Do you see My daughter how many followers I had then and how many followers I have today?

After My death, My apostles weak and scared gathered around My Mother. She, the living vessel of the Holy Spirit, taught them, guided them, prayed with them, and prepared them to receive the outpouring of My Spirit in Pentecost. It was she with the Holy Spirit that prepared them to be My followers, that is martyrs of love. For the ways of God, as My life revealed, are not the ways of the world.

Will you be My follower, My daughter? Will you remain united to your Love Crucified till the end? Will you continue to abandon all your plans, desires, life to trust completely in Me? Will you allow Me to make you one with the Victim of Love, misunderstood, condemned, ridiculed, rejected, betrayed, humiliated? Will you receive all My wounds and radiate to the world the love of God?

My apostles of light must be My martyrs of love. My daughter, preach victimhood in Me with all the passion of your heart and do not be afraid to be misunderstood by many. My daughter, the Missionaries of the Cross must reveal to the world the Power of God revealed in the Word of the Cross by they, themselves, becoming one with the Word of the Cross. You must gather, like My apostles, around Mary. In the upper room Mary had them gather to pray at the foot of the Cross contemplating My crucified love. It is only here that you receive the power of the Holy Spirit. My daughter, bring many to the foot of the Cross as one with My Mother. Thank you for responding to My call.


Rebellion against the Papal teaching on sexuality

by Fr Greg Markey.Full text: www.ncregister.com/daily-news/humanae-vitae-the-priest-and-the-hhs-mandate#ixzz1r5bnYnmk

The most controversial encyclical of the 20th century was the 1968 document Humanae Vitae, in which Pope Paul VI restated the Church's teaching that the use of contraception to frustrate conception is gravely immoral. With so much pressure leading up to its release, the Holy Father knew that the encyclical would be rejected in various circles. Yet he had his ground troops, his priests, scattered all over the world. Could he not count on them?

Pope Paul VI made a fatherly plea to his priests at the end of the encyclical: "And now, beloved sons, you who are priests, you who in virtue of your sacred office act as counselors and spiritual leaders both of individual men and women and of families - we turn to you, filled with great confidence. For it is your principal duty ... to spell out clearly and completely the Church's teaching on marriage. In the performance of your ministry you must be the first to give an example of that sincere obedience, inward as well as outward, which is due to the magisterium of the Church" (28).

How did his beloved sons react? Upon Humanae Vitae's publication, a group of dissenting theologians at The Catholic University of America in Washington, led by Father Charles Curran, boldly defied the Pope and issued statements claiming that Catholics could oppose this teaching according to their individual consciences. The media fanned the flames of division against the Pope, and the dissent only grew, spreading even to moral theology professors in the seminaries.

In 1930, Pope Pius XI wrote the encyclical Casti Connubii (On Christian Marriage), in which he restated the Church's position on contraception. Like Pope Paul VI, Pope Pius XI also made a fatherly plea to his beloved priests, but with a more firm tone: "We admonish, therefore, priests who hear confessions and others who have the care of souls ... not to allow the faithful entrusted to them to err regarding this most grave law of God. ... If any confessor or pastor of souls, which may, God forbid, lead the faithful entrusted to him into these errors or should at least confirm them by approval or by guilty silence, let him be mindful of the fact that he must render a strict account to God, the Supreme Judge, for the betrayal of his sacred trust" (57).

Catholic priests are placing their eternal salvation on the line simply by the way they teach, or fail to teach, the truth about contraception.

Veritatis Splendor
One of the great signs of hope in this battle for priests to be faithful is Blessed John Paul II's 1993 encyclical Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth).

But what if the local parish priest still dissents on Humanae Vitae? A parishioner may consider talking with him (always in a respectful manner). If this bears no fruit, then writing a charitable letter to the bishop may be in order. Prayer and fasting for the priest has also been recommended by Our Lord (Matthew 17:21).

The Second Vatican Council proclaimed in its introduction to the "Decree on Priestly Training" that the holiness of the Church depends on the holiness of the priests: "Animated by the spirit of Christ, this sacred synod is fully aware that the desired renewal of the whole Church depends to a great extent on the ministry of its priests" (Optatam Totius).

This truth was proven immediately after the Council in 1968 - when the dissent of far too many priests led to the dissent of many lay faithful - and today with the HHS mandate we are suffering from its devastating effects.

Let us entrust the Church and all of her priests to the gentle hands of Our Lady.

Source: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/humanae-vitae-the-priest-and-the-hhs-mandate#ixzz1r5bnYnmk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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