Friday. April 3
I wonder what went through Judas’s mind when Jesus announced the betrayal to the disciples. Did he feel guilty? Did he have second thoughts?
The warning of the betrayal adds a sinister element to the Last Supper – an already dark moment. Jesus confirms at the table, “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.” We know Jesus will die. But knowing one of his confidants will play a key role in ensuring that death makes it sadder, more upsetting. How could Judas do this? Was it worth 30 silver coins?
Jesus knew Judas would betray him. But he broke bread and shared the cup with him just the same. When Jesus declared his blood was “poured out to forgive the sins of many,” that included Judas. What a lesson in forgiveness, mercy, and love. Jesus showed all three of these virtues time and again in his final days – as he was betrayed, beaten, and crucified.
We don’t know what was in Judas’s mind. But we know what was in Jesus’s heart. And perhaps that’s all we need to know.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray to be more like Jesus. In times of betrayal, may we forgive. In times of conflict, may we show mercy. In times of darkness, may we be the light. Help us to love as Jesus loved. In your Son’s name we pray, Amen.
– Aixa Diaz