Tuesday of Holy Week
In the second week of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius Loyola invites us to do a meditation of Two Standards. In the meditation, he would like us to imagine Christ Jesus as our Commander-in-chief and Lord; the other is Lucifer, the mortal enemy of human nature. In the next step meditation, we have to imagine a great field of all that region of Jerusalem, where Jesus as the supreme Commander in-chief is commanding his armies; another field in the region of Babylon, where the chief of the enemy, Lucifer is commanding his armies.
In the Gospel reading, John wrote, “after Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him.” Judas did not betray Jesus because he was under the control of Satan, but rather he let Satan control him. Judas has submitted himself to the standard of the Lucifer, and, therefore he joined the army of Lucifer. Peter will also betray Jesus despite his promise that he will day down his life for Jesus.
At the end of the day, we have to choose between two standards: the standards of Christ and the standards of Lucifer. The Lucifer has offered his armies with the standard of riches, honor, and pride. Jesus, however, has promised his armies the standard of poverty against riches; contempt against worldly honor; humility against pride. Can you imagine yourself standing between Christ as the Commander in Chief and the Lucifer as the Lord of Darkness? Which standard that you will chose?