Tomorrow we celebrate betrayal. Sounds funny doesn’t it, to “celebrate” betrayal?
Tomorrow we remember Judas going out to the chief priests to sell out Jesus.
Guess what? All the apostles sold Him out. You and I have also sold Him out. There is so much betrayal here that there is no way I could put it all down in one post.
The apostles who just celebrated the first Mass with our Lord all bailed on Him.
“Surely not I Lord?”
Peter who seemed so faithful and committed will deny he even knows Jesus at the threat of a lowly servant.
You and I deny Him again and again every time we sin.
I want to take a look at two betrayals here today though, and contrast them, the betrayal of Peter vs the betrayal of Judas. They both screwed up. They both made a very serious mistake. Maybe Judas was upset because Jesus was not the Messiah he had hoped for, one that would kick out the Romans and bring Israel to the forefront of nations, maybe he was in it for the cash, I just don’t know. I think at the heart of the matter was that Judas just wanted something different from Jesus.
You and I do this all the time. You and I pray not with thanksgiving, but with petition. Lord, if you could just take care of my weight / debt / mother in law then everything will be just right, and I can go on and be holy. We know what Jesus should do, and gosh darnit, we are going to tell Him. This is betrayal.
Peter said he loved Jesus. Said he would die for Him. Said they could rip off his arms and he wouldn’t budge, only to run away crying because he couldn’t tell a little girl the truth. How many times have you denied being a Christian? How many times have you not made the sign of the cross before eating because you were at a business lunch? How many times have you kept silent because you knew your friend might be insulted that you think abortion is evil?
We are both Judas and Peter. I pray for them both. There is however a great difference, so what is it?
I want you to stop right here. Really think, what is the difference? Why is Peter a big capital lettered Saint, and Judas not? Stop, and figure it out.
Yes, Peter sinned, but he got back up again. He knew he could not do right, and that the Lord would have to teach him. I have no doubt that he cringed every time he heard a chicken for the rest of his life, but that did not deter him. He continued to move forward in hope that Jesus could fix his deficiencies.
Judas gave in to despair. Judas thought he was so bad that there was no saving him, and hung himself.
Something to think about.
Another thing to think about, who was the first person to leave Mass early?
Just saying, maybe that last hymn is worth listening to.