12805890_s“One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?’  They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.”   Matthew 26:14-15

Today in the past was traditionally known as “Spy Wednesday”.  The reason is apparent since Judas spied on The Lord and was ready and willing to hand Him over to the authorities IF he was given the right price.  Thirty pieces of silver, for that time, was sufficiently satisfying for Judas.

The thought, relative to those of us in recovery, is how much we paid in order to get our drug alcohol.  How did we support our obsessive habit (some of us daily excessive drinkers) and who did we hurt by betrayal?  Certainly funds got low and we had to start disregarding bills, maybe even food for the family.  Isn’t this a betrayal?  Now, however, we should think back on these times only to bolster our new lives in recovery and not to get us down in the dumps again.

Perhaps we could use the chosen psalm (69) for our prayer today.

I will praise the name of God in song,

And I will glorify him with thanksgiving.

See, you lowly ones, and be glad;

You who seek God, may your hearts revive!

For the Lord hears the poor,

And his own who are in bonds (of addiction)

He spurns not.

These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.