We are all guilty. Yes, we craft sophisticated excuses and feign innocence. We dance in self-defense. Excuses abound. Denial and rationalizations flurry forth. At its most painful, nothing hurts more than betrayal in relationship.
On this Wednesday in Holy Week we presented with the figure of Judas Iscariot. We know well his selfishness, smallness and fate. He betrayed his friend for a bag of silver. We do well to sit with his story, his truth, our story.
Don’t flee the poignancy of his betrayal. But it is not his alone. Virtually all of Jesus’ friends and companions betray him, abandon him. We are given the image of only a few women, John the Beloved Disciple and his mother who hang with Jesus to the end.
At least Judas knew his motivations and followed through with his intentions. Perhaps the more reprehensible betrayal was delivered by Peter. Not only did he flee, he adamantly denied that he even knew the man. Imagine the pain!
The issue is not whether or not we betray Jesus. The issue is what we do next. Judas despaired! Peter ultimately professes his love.
Wednesday in Holy Week places us precisely in this “moment”, challenges us with our “truth”, presents us with our own story. Our journey continues…