The Judas in Me

When we think of the brutality that Jesus suffered for us, we can see that this was all foretold in today’s first reading from Isaiah 50. “I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.” He did that for you and me!

On Wednesday of Holy Week, we think about Judas. Judas is a very enigmatic character in the Gospel story. Was he chosen from all time to be the betrayer of the Messiah? That doesn’t seem quite fair, does it? Or did Judas have a free will? Could he, at any point, have changed course and not given Jesus up? And at what point did he realize that things had spun wildly out of control? Did he ever regret his eternity-altering decision?

You and I probably have a lot more in common with Judas than we may like to acknowledge. We must always remember that he was one of the Twelve. Chosen and sent. And yet he turned on Jesus. Thinking of Judas and my propensity to imitate him always reminds me of an old saying. It has been attributed to St. Alphonse or St. Philip Neri. I modify it for myself. “Be mindful of Gus today, Lord. He could turn on you at any time.”

Father, forgive us for those times when we turn on you. Help us to recognize our betrayals more quickly, and free us from all selfishness, the cause of our betrayal. Amen.

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3 thoughts on “The Judas in Me

  1. Irra

    Gus – I found your show while fiddling around looking for something new to listen to during my commute a short while ago and am completely hooked now. I am an adult convert to the faith and have had and am still having many trials and tribulations these last couple of years and listening to your reflections and show has really helped me in processing all the issues going on in my life. Thank you.

  2. Lego678

    To me it would not seem fair if Judas had been chosen from all eternity to give Jesus up. It is more likely he had a free will and could have resisted the temptation to give Jesus over to the Jewish leaders. He could also have done like Peter who after denying Jesus, repented in tears and asked Jesus for forgiveness. But the deal is done so we will never know.  Just sayin’!

    1. Anonymous

       I think that Judas played a very important role…some one did have to play that role so that what was promised in the scriptures and by God the Father could come true.
      Now, Jesus did say, and I paraphrase a touch here: “it would be better for that person to not have been born”
      My question is, if Judas repented for what he did was he then welcomed into Heaven as some one that actually helped the process of Jesus dying for us and raising 3 days later to save us…or is he forever damned for his actions that in reality, some one had to do…


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