As we listen to the readings today, we have a sense of the approaching Passion of Jesus.

There seems to be a foreboding in Isaiah and in the psalm. In the gospel, Jesus mentions his burial and the Jewish custom of anointing the dead in his rebuke to Judas. On the face of it, Lord, we see you accepting the gracious hospitality of your friends, friends who had good reason to want to show their appreciation of all that you meant to them, and Judas strikes a discordant note. Was jealousy the cause of his outburst? Is it jealousy, rather than proper righteousness, that lies at the heart of my criticisms and judgments at times? As I accompany you through the days of this week, remembering your heart pierced with a lance, help me with the wounds of my human heart.