“Woe to that man…”

Left: The Holy Face of Manoppello Right: Painting by Hans Holbein
Left: The Holy Face of Manoppello Right: Painting by Hans Holbein Photo: Paul Badde

The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed

St. John of the Cross has said, “It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and look at neither the remarks nor deeds, nor the sins of another.”  We have all had a part in the betrayal of Jesus through our sins. But, when we turn back to His Face by contemplating Jesus in His Passion, He makes Himself our mirror and helps us to recognize our sinfulness and put our conscience in order.  Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.