When I hear the words Spy Wednesday, it brings back childhood memories, particularly about the time I had to devise a scheme to retrieve a confiscated comic book.
One of the grannies in my neighborhood in Plymouth, Massachusetts, found Mad Magazine intolerable (though I doubt she ever read it). “Your Mother lets you read those books!” she scowled.
I figured, well, Granny’s Catholic, and partially shrugged it off (but then again, so was my mom… so I gritted my teeth and just decided to take one on the chin from Brendan’s granny).
But then she did the unthinkable.
She yanked my comic book out of my hand, a special edition of Spy vs. Spy, which I hadn’t finished reading yet, and chucked it in the trash. Nope! That wasn’t going to fly.
There’s a connection between what happened next and the reason why we call this Wednesday “Spy.”
Why do we call today Spy Wednesday?
Traditionally, today commemorates the day when Judas Iscariot conspired to hand Jesus over to the Pharisees for 30 pieces of silver.
It’s easy to point the finger at Judas, but I believe there’s a little spy in each of us. We are, after all, children of Adam and Eve, and though we don’t like accepting the blame for that, who can excuse themselves of sin?
Jesus was not only handed over by one of his Apostles, he was handed over by all his Apostles who abandoned him and denied him, and more importantly he was handed over by the Father. Jesus was handed over for all of us, for our sake, on account of our guilt and sin.
Today offers us the opportunity to reflect on our own lives and ask the question that all the Apostles asked, “Lord, is it I?”
Think of it this way. Why did all the apostles ask Jesus that question? We might as well also ask, why were they all spared the fate of sinning so gravely? Why are we saved?
Spy Wednesday is a day to recognize, accept, and ask the Lord forgiveness for the times we handed him over… for less than 30 pieces of silver, perhaps.
Today is also a day to imitate our Lord’s attitude of humble acceptance. There are times when we get “handed over” into bad situations. When we are wrongly blamed, treated unfairly, or when life deals us a heavy blow and the circumstances are beyond our control, it seems right to complain to God and ask, “Why me, Lord? I didn’t do anything to deserve this!”
Perhaps not. Nor did Jesus deserve to be condemned. Today we can unite ourselves with Jesus in a special way by accepting our hardships, asking him to allow us a small part in his passion, and thanking him for bearing the weight of our faults on his shoulders.
My devious plan to recover my comics
Here’s how I did it…
Brendan was a bit of a goodie-two-shoes, so I could not count on him as an accomplice. My scheming mind would not rest until I vindicated myself (and my honor!). It came to me after about 5 minutes of brooding. I turned to Brendan and said:
“Hey, Brendan! Let’s play Gotcha!” (a sophisticated version of hide and seek)
Brendan, of course, could not resist. Then I added:
“No hiding in the house!”
And of course, I also knew Brendan would fall for my negative reinforcement (never tell Brendan not to do something unless you really want him to do it).
I covered my eyes 😉 counted to ten, and proceeded into the kitchen through the back door where (through the cracks between my fingers) I saw Brendan slink away moments before. Just to push him deeper into hiding, I called out, “I said, No hiding in the house!”
My plan worked! I opened the trashcan, dusted the coffee grounds off my comic book, and out the door I went…
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I absolutely loved this post. Both stories. The “Lord is it I,” was so profound to me. I have never once given thought about the “all” Apostles asking that question. We might as well go ahead and answer it with the words “Yes, it is you!”
This really spoke to me Biltrix and thanks so much for sharing it! God Bless, SR
The Apostles were an interesting lot, they do odd things. But when we think about it, it’s not odd. They were ordinary people like us. Their oddness turns to normal when we stop and think about that. They do just the thing we would have done in their sandals. So, Their interaction with Jesus and Jesus with them is something we should pay special attention to when reading the Gospels. Jesus talks to us in a unique way when he talks to them. His words to them are meant for us, and in a way, the Apostles’ words to Jesus are our words too.
“Lord, is it I?” Now, there’s a question that disturbs my complacency! Good post, as usual, James. Thanks.
Thanks, Terry. Have a holy and fruitful Holy Week!
I, too, was struck by the pointing out that all of the apostles asked the question. I never really thought about that before, except to wonder vaguely why they each asked–after all, they knew what they had in mind and their own intentions. But the eleven loyal ones–God’s own followers–and the other one, the traitor, all asked, and all had a role in handing Him over. Likewise, both God’s own people, the Jews, and the others, the Gentiles, the Romans, joined forces and crucified Him. His own, and the others–that is pretty much everybody, all of us, with our own part to play in handing over and killing the Son of God.
I suppose there are other ways of considering these word, “Is it I?” as many ways as there are people to voice them. Each person who opens his intentions to the Lord, has his own personal experience. Holy Week and Good Friday is the moment for us to revisit our encounter with God, and lay our hearts before him.
Sorry for being a tad behind in my reading, James.
A particularly strong effort on this one, with a nice personal story tie-in. And I’d agree that having a ‘Spy vs. Spy’ comic stolen, especially if I hadn’t finished it yet, would not be allowed to stand.
Happy Easter to you, partner!
Thanks JTR. I’ve be a bit busy myself lately preparing for these Good Friday Missions. Very looking forward to Easter.
Happy Easter, friend!
A couple of things, and I will start with the most gratuitous one first…
Just saw my Blog on your Blogroll!!
Very embarrassed and Extremely flattered!! Gracias!
Next, I KNOW it is I…no need to ask…
Finally…Impressive tactics on getting Spy vs. Spy back!
I believe most of us would have done the same 😉
Only the best on my blogroll. That’s why you’re there! God bless you and Happy Easter!
You truly, truly flatter me…
Thank you…for your encouragement. It is greatly appreciated ♥