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 the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’”
So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal. 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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today, Judas betrays Jesus and in exchange receives 30 pieces of silver. While it is easy to think of times when we have been betrayed, too often we are not aware of the ways we betray others.
When we gossip, when we lie, when we cheat, when we take advantage of others, when we steal, when we do any of these things that fail to show love to others—that is betrayal. The temporary relief or enjoyment or success or fun that we gain—these are our own 30 pieces of silver.
Who do my actions identify me with more: Judas Iscariot or Jesus Christ? Lord, help us to recognize that we are sinful, but we can choose to live more like Christ each day.
—Connor Walters is a communications coordinator at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He also coaches rowing and co-moderates the Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry to the Homeless.
Father, in your plan of salvation, Jesus accepted the cross and gave us new life.
May all of us come to share the glory of his resurrection. Amen.
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