The Saddness of Pentecost … Saturday, April 6

Judas Iscariot

Judas Iscariot. We have opportunity now in this life to approach Jesus upon the tree of the cross. Judas approached a tree also. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Glorious Mystery, the Decent of the Holy Spirit. “And Peter, standing up with the Eleven, lifted up his voice and spoke out to them.” Acts 2:14. Everything that happened that day, on Pentecost, was the fulfillment of a prophecy, the fulfillment of a promise. Peter, along with the other Apostles, began to proclaim the Good News of Christ. Sadly, there was something missing. You know, we can be invited, God can call us, the angels can prod us, the Divine will can act via the circumstances of our lives to get our attention and hopefully bring us about, and we can still say “No”. It needn’t be a verbal no because actions DO speak louder than words. What was missing on that first Pentecost? The “what” that was missing was a “who”. Peter stood up with the Eleven. There had been Twelve. Judas was missing. He didn’t need to be. He could have been there. The text might have read, “Peter, standing up with the Twelve”, but it doesn’t. Judas’ name wasn’t one of those mentioned, he wasn’t one of those there. This was, in a sense, the beginning. At the beginning one was missing. For every beginning here on earth there is an ending. At the end books will be opened. Revelation 20:12. Names will be called. There will be billions upon billions involved. Not one will be overlooked. My name, your name, everyone’s name. That Pentecost, nearly 2,000 years ago, began the proclamation of the Gospel here on earth. At the Judgement the end will be proclaimed. Will there be Eleven or Twelve when the roll is called? Will there be a “Judas” missing? Sadly, yes, there will be many. Spiritual suicides, needless eternal deaths. Judas had an honest choice. So do we.

Today … St. Rufina. Martyr with Moderata, Secundus, Romana, and seven companions. They are believed to have been put to death at Sirmium, in the Roman province of Pannonia. Here are some of the names that will be on the list, the right list, when the books are opened at the Judgement. Lets ask these saints to pray for us that we also may be included amongst those faithful.

St. Cyprian … “May all Christians be found worthy of either the pure white crown of a holy life or the royal red crown of martyrdom.”