Want to know what Jesus is all about and what he did for you? Check out today’s first reading from Isaiah 50. It really says it all. On Wednesday of Holy Week, we think about Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus. In the Gospel reading from Matthew 26, we see Judas cutting a deal with the chief priests. He sold out his Master for thirty pieces of silver.
At the Last Supper, there were only two people in the room who knew Jesus’ betrayer; Jesus and Judas. And when Jesus hinted at who it was, Judas replies with a question, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Such duplicity. And when it came time to do the deed, to finish his act of betrayal, he did it with a kiss. Unfortunately, Judas reminds me of….well, me.
Judas’ kiss was a show to the world. How often I do the same thing. I put on a good face and let everyone think it’s all good with Jesus and me. Hey, look how much I love Jesus!! And then I stab Him in the back. I betray Him for far less than thirty pieces of silver.
Jesus, forgive me for betraying you with a kiss. Let me never betray you again. Amen.