What Would You Give Me?

Wednesday of Holy Week

The passage from the gospel of Matthew makes it sound like Judas had made up his mind about betraying Jesus, and approached the chief priests with this clear intent. Instead in the gospel of John we read yesterday, it was only after Judas had taken the morsel that Satan entered his heart. Regardless, we know from experience that a well-considered and deliberate offense against God (which is the definition of sin) is often not an easy thing to do. We weigh our options. We agonize. We do not arrive at a decision lightly. But when we choose to hand Jesus over for whatever price we regard as a win for us, it is the price of a life, his life. I’m not talking about eating meat on a Friday in Lent, or telling a fib, or habitual gossiping, or petty theft, although we really shouldn’t be doing any of that. Betrayal is a fully conscious and willful rejection of an ultimately higher good in favor of a perceived and often cheap thrill. And when Judas came to his senses, he was convinced he was well beyond the reach of God’s mercy and forgiveness. He really wasn’t. His story could have ended differently.

This mass was offered for the repose of +Francis Welsh.

Rolo B Castillo © 2020

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