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April 17, 2019

Denial is so easy, especially as a self-defense in matters of sickness. Some medical diagnoses are hard to hear, so we cope by denying and pretending that something isn’t so. At some point the truth must be faced

As Catholics, the basic tenets of our creed might at times lead us to question but never to deny. And so, it is Judas Iscariot who has made the prophetic decision to sell-out Jesus for thirty pieces of sliver, thus, denying that Jesus is Lord and Savior. We might draw the conclusion that he never bought into Jesus’ message and saw an opportunity to deny this man once and for all. However, Judas’ sad ending of facing the truth brings him to despair for what he had done.

The “Judas problem” encompasses his motives for betraying Jesus. We are never told exactly why he did what he did, but we can surely surmise from what we know about discipleship. Judas carried the purse and took care of any financial transactions that were needed for the apostles. It is no wonder then that when Jesus’ feet were washed by the repentent woman who used expensive ointments, Judas saw the financial worth that could have been used for the poor. And then, it was Judas who asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?”

In short, Judas could not commit.

So, in a few instances, we form a picture of a man who saw the worth of money but certainly could not see the worth of this Jesus.

Perhaps we don’t think of ourselves as betrayers but we should take notice of ourselves and make some decision about our own “Judas problem” of not recognizing our Lord and giver of life who paradoxically died for us to create us anew.

Let us pray:

Holy Spirit, come to me this day.
Enlighten me so I may not betray our God.
Lord, in your great love, answer me.

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.