“See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, may your hearts revive!” (Psalm 69:33).
As we reach the middle of Holy Week, our waiting turns to anticipation. Spending a little time in prayer each day has helped us to identify some of our weakness and times we need to turn quickly to Christ for help. On the Wednesday of Holy Week we also remember the betrayal of Judas on the day before the Last Supper, and reflect on how we ourselves have betrayed Our Lord with our sins.
If you have not gone already during Lent, today may be your last chance to go to Confession. Most churches do not have times available once the Triduum begins. If you can’t find a time for Reconciliation, or if you can’t fit it into your schedule, spend some of your daily prayer time doing an examination of conscience. If you are in the habit of praying The Liturgy of the Hours the examination is a natural part of Night Prayer.
As we reflect on today’s readings, especially Isaiah’s words foretelling Our Lord’s suffering, let us seek forgiveness for times we have caused others to suffer.
Readings for Holy Wednesday:
Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34
This article has been updated and was originally written by our staff and published in April 2012. © The Catholic Company. All rights reserved.