Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Journey to the Cross - Day 36

LENT DAY 36 - Tuesday, April 3
Mark 14:10-11    Betrayal
"Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the cabal of high priests, determined to betray him.  They couldn't believe their ears, and promised to pay him well.  He started looking for just the right moment to hand him over."  (The Message) 
     Today we would call Judas a mole - someone in the inner circle working against the group.  What drove Judas to this point?  Did he feel unappreciated?  Was he tired of living on a disciples' budget?  Why does Mark include this verse right after the expensive perfume story?  Was that "waste" the last straw for Judas?  Was Judas really looking out for the poor?  We don't know the answers.  We just know that he too was making preparations....for betrayal. 
     Is there a bit of Judas in each of us?  We are all human - it's HARD to live as Christ demanded day in and day out.  Our betrayals may not be the high price Christ paid, but the impact can be just as painful.  A sharp, hurtful word, failure to get involved, averting eye contact with a homeless soul - these are all betrayals of Christ.  Failures to act and serve as Christ called.  May God help us recognize our Judas moments and then reject the silver coins.  

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