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The Son of Man indeed goes...

In an honor-shame society that highly valued loyalty in all sorts of relationships, as the most important virtue, the opening lines of the Gospel present betrayal of trust as one of the worst sins anyone can commit in the ancient of days down to the present age.

Wednesday of Holy Week is often called Spy Wednesday, the liturgical time when Judas conspired with the Religious authorities for Jesus’ eventual arrest, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” and the next thing we know Judas took a bribe for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a sheep.

The most painful part of this scenario was that Judas was a trusted fellow, a member of the magnificent twelve, who knew the affairs of the group inside out. Moreover, it happened in the middle of a table fellowship, a sacred meal on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a domestic religious gathering signifying unity in the Lord but unfortunately, it went otherwise. Even if Jesus was aware that one of the twelve would go against him, still he allowed Judas to stay. If you were the host of a party, you normally won’t invite a treacherous person. 

What Judas showed us happens almost everywhere: in the corporate world, in religious institutions, in circles of friendships and in exclusive relationships. Treachery, history tells us, is always an inside job. Your traitor is the person who knows you very well.

 “The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but to woe to that man by whom the Son is betrayed.”

Since God had nothing to do with Judas’ decision or was he necessitated to accomplish the drama of divine salvation, to fulfill what the Prophets have spoken for ages, what prompted Judas, then? His own free deliberately distanced him from God. This fateful destiny happens whenever we separate ourselves to God. Even the lowest sin cannot break God’s plan. Amen.


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