Part of the Western Christian tradition, Spy Wednesday, also known as Holy Wednesday, is the Wednesday before Easter. It is called "Spy Wednesday" in reference to Judas Iscariot's first conspiratorial meeting with the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus for thirty silver coins.
When you think about it, this is a very good description for today...I have learned something new now, which only adds to the fact that the word spy has a bad connotation anyway...it's something done in the "dark", away from being brought to the light, so I chose a candle in the darkness to represent today.
Judas Iscariot was also the treasurer for the apostles and he was known to take money from the "treasury" for himself (one reason he was so upset by the use of the very expensive oils used to anoint Jesus' feet by the woman in the bible) , thereby denying the apostles and the poor.
Since Mother Teresa has been in this Holy Week, let me quote from a book written about her called "A Gift For God". She says (in reference to caring for the poor):
"Let there be no pride or vanity in the work. The work is God's work, the poor are God's poor. Put yourself completely under the influence of Jesus, so that He may think His thought in your mind, do His work through your hands, for you will be all-powerful with Him to strengthen you."
"Make sure that you let God's grace work in your souls by accepting whatever He gives you, and giving Him whatever he takes from you. True holiness consists in doing God's will with a smile."
If only Judas had thought this way in his care for the poor, but we still know that Jesus would have died for us no matter what, just extra sad that there was a betrayal as well.
~~~Thank you, Lord for the blessing of being aware that "there but for the grace of God, go I".