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The good news for the day April 12, 2017

Wednesday of Holy Week (259)

One of His select Dozen, Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests to ask, “What would you give me if I make sure you get Him?” They settled on 30 pieces of silver. From then on, he was looking for a chance to hand Jesus over. On the first day of the Holyday Season of Unleavened Bread, his followers approached Jesus, “Where do you want us to fix a place for you to eat the Passover meal?” He answered, “Go into the city to such-and-such a man and tell him, ‘The ‘Teacher’ says, ‘A fateful time for me is coming up; it is in your house I shall celebrate the Passover meal with my followers.’” His followers then did as Jesus had ordered, and set up for the Passover celebration. In the evening, he settled in at the table with His Dozen. While they were eating, he said, “Here is the truth—one of you is going to betray me.” Really upset at this remark, they began—one after another—to ask him, “Surely it isn’t me, Sir?” He replied, “Someone who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me is the one who is going to betray me. This Human indeed goes on—as it has been written about Him—but woe to that man by whom this Human is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.” Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it isn’t me, Rabbi?” He answered, “You have said so.” (Matthew 26)

We are betrayed, each of us. Sometimes it is fate—a missed moment, a significant distraction, a birth defect in a child, or the environment where you grew up. Sometimes it is people—a person close to you who rejects you for a fault they see, a boss or co-worker who magnifies a flaw or abuses your generosity, or some hero or heroine betraying you now that you see the feet of clay. Forgive. And—like it or not—you and I have rejected people for disagreeing with us, for perceived guilt or failure, or for some addiction you finally notice. We have rejected—betrayed—others.

One of the values in living—is that you can change this betrayal, overcome your judgment, accept and respect the flawed person you—and they—are. “Father, they know not what they do.” Un-judge your judgment. Love one another. Repent and respect. Get it over it for your own peace of heart.

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