I’m going to visit the “dark side” this week. For those of you who are reading Faithful Facts for Lent as a Lenten Meditation, you know that today the reflection turned to Judas Iscariot.
I will not repeat what is written in the meditation booklet (written far better than anything I could), but I will ask you to consider some implications for this person who, to be truthful, was one of Jesus’ failures.
Judas stands as a reminder that any of us can give up and yield to temptations and just do what is easiest rather than what is right. Any of us can build up our expectation of God or anyone else and then collapse into despair when those expectations are not met.
Even a parish community, no matter how successful in terms of numbers attending or money in the bank or even using those resources for “good works” can become lost because they lose sight of HIM who is our purpose and our goal – and our redeemer.
We can stop on the journey, become satisfied with self, lose sight of the destination or forget about the abundant life offered to us by our crucified and risen Lord. Do this – then like Judas we betray our purpose, our Baptism Vows, ourselves and most of all, Our Lord.
People use the cliché: “There but for the grace of God go I.” When I think of Judas, I pray that cliché as a prayer.