A Common Heritage With Judas?

Judas Iscariot is seen as the ultimate betrayer, his role in the death of Jesus is one that many try to avoid.There is a reason we are hard on Judas, It is because we see so much of ourselves in him — the times we want to do things right but don’t; the times we want to be faithful but aren’t. This is who we are. The idea that people see so much of themselves in Judas, such a hated character, is one of the reasons they react so violently to his role in the story. Judas was one of Jesus’ 12 apostles and the one who identified him to soldiers with a kiss in exchange for 30 pieces of silver, according to the New Testament. Jesus was then turned over to Pontius Pilate and later crucified.

We don’t like him and can’t imagine how anyone could do what he did. But in our own much simpler, smaller ways we all do that every day.

The story is a call to faithfulness, genuine life. Judas’ role in the story is one that is current and still teaches valuable lessons, including one of accountability..

The story of Judas reminds us to look at ourselves and ask how have we been a friend or not been a friend? Maybe we have been betrayed by a friend. How do we extend forgiveness to that person? Jesus did not exclude Judas from the table even though he knew in advance that Judas would be the one to turn him over to the authorities. It was Judas himself who excluded himself from the table.”

People tend to see themselves as either the victim or the hero in a story, not as the villain.

“It is important that we see that side of ourselves, see us as the betrayer,” she said. “It helps us to be a little more honest.”

Judas wasn’t the only betrayer at the Last Supper; each of the 12 disciples would abandon or betray Jesus, according to the New Testament. Peter denied being with Jesus three times soon after the disciple assured Jesus he would never deny him.

The concepts of betrayal and redemption go hand-in-hand. .

The story of Judas really points out how transformation must occur in all of our lives.

It was very hard for Judas, even though he was transformed. It is important that he knew his own sin and sought forgiveness from a loving, graceful and merciful God. He also went out and wept. Judas betrayed the Lord with a kiss, but also threw the coins back. There is transformation going on in his life.”

The spirit of Resurrection is transformation,  stressing this concept is “key in all of our lives.”

Are we open to a change of heart? All of us sin, and all of us are in need of forgiveness.

The Resurrection’s emphasis the transformative power of the Lord.

That power is available to change the lives of people and the community they live in for the better.

The key to Judas’ betrayal isn’t the role Judas himself played; instead, it is Jesus’ reaction to that betrayal.

Jesus doesn’t lose sight of his mission for salvation, even with betrayal by those inside his circle. He keeps his focus on redemption. We as human beings must not lose our focus on making the world a better place just because of those who may betray us. We can’t get caught up in things. Those 30 pieces of silver Judas took, they remind us that the great works we are called to do should not be corrupted by a desire to have the monies or wealth of the world.


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