Today is Holy Wednesday or Spy Wednesday. Have you ever wondered what this day in Holy Week marks or observes? It remembers the initiation of Judas Iscariot's betrayal of the Lord.

"Then went one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, to the chief priests, And said to them: "What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you?" But they appointed him thirty pieces of silver. And from thenceforth he sought opportunity to betray him." - Matthew 26:14-16

Thus, Judas became a "spy" for those seeking to destroy Jesus; hence, Spy Wednesday. Though the term has fallen out of parlance today, Spy Wednesday was used with regularity in English-speaking countries through the 19th century.

On this Spy Wednesday, I beseech (entreat, plead) you in joining with me in remembering the times we too have betrayed Jesus; when we have "Sold" Him out for silver ($). Perhaps by giving what belongs to Him (our Tithes and offerings) to our our wants and desires. By forsaking the "gathering together of the brethren" to earn a buck (i.e. working on Sundays when it wasn't mandatory or required)!

Or the times we "sold" Him out to protect our "image" in the eye's of the world; laughing at jokes that demean His Word, His people or His creation. Attempting to "fit in" with a World that has rejected God, His +Son and the working of His Spirit. Or the times we remained silent in the face of sinful positions and attitudes- racism and bigotry, immoral and or broken human sexuality, the disregard of life (from conception to natural death), viewing mankind in a "utilitarian" fashion, as though we have the right to determine human value/worth and dignity (which is given by God through His creation: "Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." - Genesis 1:26).

Yes... I feel an uneasy kinship with Judas Iscariot... selling Jesus out for a hand full of dimes, wanting to appear before the world as "one of them" (acceptable, relevant, standing "on the right side of history"). Looking at others as worthy or unworthy. May God have mercy on my soul! If this sounds all too vaguely familiar, please join me in repenting (turning away from... in our thoughts and deeds!) from the sins that so easily ensnares, and turning to God with a genuine cry of "forgive". Let us not go the way of Judas, who truly stood on the wrong side of history, and eternity!

AMEN