“Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?’ And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus” (Matthew 26:14-16).
For those traditions that follow the Revised Common Lectionary, Wednesday of Holy Week is recognized as the day Judas first conspired with the chief priests to betray Jesus. What Judas did was premeditated and his name has survived only in scorn. But, what of our betrayals? Oh, we would never be so crass as to sell Him out in such a calculated way, nor for money. Our betrayals are unplanned, unintentional, but nonetheless significant and damaging. When we fail to gather rhythmically with the community of faith for corporate worship are we not betraying Him and the confession of our lips? When we pass judgement and withhold grace, embrace greed instead of giving joyfully, or demonstrate destructive attitudes instead of portraying the fruit of the Spirit are we not also betraying Jesus? Don’t worry, He recognized all of this within us. That’s why Friday is coming.