Spy Wednesday: What is it all about?

Spy Wednesday is the day we recall Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.

Judas was one of the 12 Apostles. He visited the Sanhedrin, who were looking for a way to get rid of Jesus and they paid he 30 silver pieces. He told them he would look for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them.

It must have been so hard for Jesus, knowing Judas would betray him. The sad thing is Judas’ response when he regrets what he has done. Judas despairs and we know he comes to a sorry end. Maybe Judas believed that Jesus would not love him again? Whatever his reasons, he turned away from Jesus.

Are there times when we have gone against someone? When we have betrayed their trust or goodwill? There is hope! Jesus is waiting for us with open arms, even if we sin. It is wrong to sin just because we know we can be forgiven later. However, it is a comfort to know that we have a merciful God, who helps us rise again after we fall.

So, as we reflect on the story of Judas, let us always remember to turn back to God if we have done wrong. Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great way to do this. Just remember, if we never turn back to God, we will never be able to experience the great love he has for us – God loves you and he wants you to be with him.

You can find the story of Spy Wednesday in Matthew 26: 14-25

There is an opportunity, for those who wish, to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation every day of Holy Week, between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Ask mum or dad to ring the parish office to book a slot.

Craft Activity

Making a Spy Glass, presented by Fr Philip Dyer-Perry

Additional Activity

30 Coins Treasure Hunt

Why not do a 30 coins treasure hunt?

To help us remember the price that was paid to Judas for handing Jesus over, why not ask someone in the family to hide in the house or garden 30 coins?

Once complete, it is your job to go looking for them!

Collect all the coins in a jar. Once they have all been found, you can choose, as a family a charity to donate this money to, as a sign of choosing to do something positive with our money.

You might choose to add to your jar any extra money you have been putting aside for charity over Lent.

Finish with a short prayer, thanking God for all the money and possessions you do have. Maybe you could write a “thankfulness list” of all the things you are grateful for.

A Prayer to Say

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord…

 

Dear Lord,

Today we remember how Judas broke his friendship with you.

We pray for those who have fallen out with family or friends and who feel it is too late to mend.

Help them to find the courage, patience and wisdom they need to re-connect and make amends.

May I be witness of your love to others, by showing love and care, and help them to know your great love for them.

AMEN

 

A Song for Today

You are my King (Amazing Love) by Billy James Foote