Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What will you give me if I betray him to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me." And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, "Surely not I, Lord?" He answered, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born." Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" He replied, "You have said so."
The Kyiv Chamber Choir sing Kyrie eleison. As you hear these voices making this beautiful plea for God’s mercy, ponder how much the world needs to hear the merciful, forgiving, compassionate word of God, and how much you may need to hear it, too.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.
The enigma of Judas, who ‘sold’ Jesus for sordid gain: What feelings arise in you as you listen to this reading? Anger? Disgust? Sadness?
What would you want to say to Judas if you knew what he was doing? Jesus did know, yet he treated Judas gently. He did not try to stop him.
As you listen again to the reading, notice how Jesus talks to Judas and how he looks at him.
How does Jesus look at you when you are unfaithful to him or betray his love? What do you want to say to Jesus as you ponder these events?