Holy Week: Judas takes 30 pieces of silver

"The Thirty Pieces of Silver" by János Pentelei Molnár, 1909. (Wikimedia)

Wednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday” because Judas bargained with the high priest to turn Jesus in to authorities for 30 silver pieces.

April 8, the betrayal of Judas

“Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?’ And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.” Mt. 26, 14-16

As Jesus prepared for the Last Supper, Judas and the Sanhedrin council prepared for Jesus’ arrest. The chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the court of the high priest, named Caiaphas, and plotted to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him, according to the Gospel.

This was also the day that Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, and a woman poured a vial of costly perfume over him. The disciples were indignant and chastised the woman for her actions and for wasting perfume that could have been sold to help the poor. Jesus defended the woman, however, saying that anointing Him in perfume was to prepare Him for burial.

Holy Wednesday Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel of the Holy Family at 8:30 a.m. via livestream, which will be broadcast on the diocesan Facebook page at facebook.com/DioceseChas and youtube.com/DioceseChas.