Tuesday, April 16

Today’s Prayer and Reflection:

One of you will betray me. (John 13:21)

If you’ve ever been betrayed, you know how painful it is. You placed your love and trust in someone very close to you. Now that person has irreparably damaged your relationship. How could they have done such a thing?

Jesus too experienced the pain of betrayal. Scripture tells us that as he thought about what Judas was about to do, Jesus became “deeply troubled” (John 13:21). Judas had stuck with him for so long, through thick and thin, and now, at the very end, he turns on Jesus. No wonder Jesus was upset!

But Jesus was also troubled because he knew that Judas would end up deeply regretting his decision—to the point of taking his own life because his guilt felt so intense.

It didn’t have to end that way. Peter also betrayed Jesus by denying him, and all the disciples fled when Jesus was arrested. But their betrayals didn’t destroy their relationship with Jesus because they embraced his mercy.

Betrayal is so damaging because we instinctively want to protect ourselves from being hurt a second time. But Jesus shows us how powerful forgiveness can be. It can restore even the most damaged relationship.

If you are hurting from a betrayal, you may have no desire to forgive that person. Ask for this grace anyway. Even if you think it’s impossible to forgive or that the relationship can be restored, remember: nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).

Maybe the person who betrayed you is someone from your past whom you will never see again. Maybe it’s someone who has never asked you for forgiveness. Sometimes because of circumstances, it’s not wise to renew the relationship. Even if that’s the case, God doesn’t want you to be weighed down by hurt and resentment. He wants you to forgive that person from the heart so that he can free you.

It’s all too common for people to turn against one another as Judas and Peter turned against Jesus—and for many reasons as well. But we don’t have to live under the shadow of betrayal. Jesus died for our forgiveness so that he could heal even our deepest hurts.

“Jesus, give me the grace to forgive those who have hurt me.”

Reprinted with permission of The Word Among Us, 7115 Guilford Dr #100, Frederick, MD 21704, wau.org.

Today’s Announcements:

  • Students please bring your items for the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home. There is a table set up in the foyer to place your items on, we will take donations until Thursday.
  • National Honor Society Members, there will be a meeting on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:45. The meeting is for sophomores and juniors only. Students, you all will vote on next year’s officers during this meeting. NHS Members, please bring a canned food item to the meeting on Wednesday. Seniors, please bring yours to Ms. Wilkinson.
  • There will be no Interact Club meeting this week. The next meeting will take place on May 8 in Ms. Lawson’s room. Eleventh grade members, your RYLA scholarship forms are due to Ms. Lawson by Wednesday!
  • St. Patrick Lady Fighting Irish won big over OLA 16-1 last night with multiple hits in the game by Sarah D’Aquilla, Ijah Henderson, Caroline Dellenger, Taylor Stawarski, and Anna Grace Castanedo. Brooklyn Mitchell was the winning pitcher, striking out two and walking zero. The Fighting Irish play Collins today in a double header starting at 4:30. Senior recognition will be held between games. Come support our seniors and players!
  • A representative from the Knights of Columbus will be on campus Thursday following the Lenten Presentation in the chapel to meet with any young man who is interested in learning more about the Knights of Columbus.
  • The Irish Tennis team defeated Clarksdale 4 to 3 in the first round of the playoffs. The tennis team will play Sacred Heart in the second round of playoffs on Wednesday at Bayou Bluff.
  • Congratulations to the Fighting Irish baseball team on their 8-3 victory over Harrison Central last night. Windfield Swetman was the winning pitcher, throwing 4 ⅔ innings and allowing two hits. Blake Gollott led the Fighting Irish offense going 2-3 with 4 RBIs. The Fighting Irish concluded the regular season with an overall record of 11-9 and 7-1 in district.
  • The Science Honor Society meeting will take place today after school in Mrs. Worrel’s room.