To be betrayed by someone very close is one of the worst things that can happen. It might be a betrayal of a friend, a spouse, family member, or co-worker. There is a feeling of loneliness and alienation. However, an experience of betrayal could lead us to a new way of life. It could bring us to a more profound commitment to God or a new way of handling a relationship with the other person. It might lead us to an experience of a relationship no longer motivated by selfishness, greed, bitterness, and hatred but by selflessness, peace, compassion, and love.
Today’s gospel passage relates Judas, chosen personally by Jesus, to be one of the twelve, betraying Jesus. Jesus knew Judas personally; he had a personal connection, friendship, and special place in the heart of Jesus. Did Jesus make a mistake in choosing Judas as one of his apostles and intimate friends?
In the passion narrative, we can see that even though Judas betrayed Jesus, there was an attempt at repentance by his wanting to return the money to the Chief Priests. Isn’t it true in our own “small” or “big” experiences of betrayal? We remember that the mercy of God is powerful, and his compassion is overflowing.
During this Holy Week, we know that the passion of Jesus happened because of the many potential Judases in our society today. Maybe you or I need God’s love and compassion and redemption.
Isn’t the Eucharist really about Jesus’ conscious option to transform that night of betrayal into a night of love, compassion, and forgiveness? In that “event or moment of betrayal,” Jesus accepted the prospect of becoming the lamb for the new Passover.
Loving Lord, help me always seek your presence in my life despite my many betrayals.
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