Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Matthew 26: 14-26
Although Judas stayed with Jesus, his motives were different than those of the faithful disciples. Fame and fortune had perhaps been a secondary motive for all of the disciples in following Jesus, but for the eleven disciples who became Apostles, remaining faithful to the Messiah and embracing the abundant life that he offered became their most important reason for staying with the Lord. Judas on the other hand gave in to avarice and notoriety and made what he thought to be a secret deal for betrayal with the council of the chief priests. Hoping that secretiveness and the darkness of night would protect the darkness of his own heart, he dared to ‘stay with’ the Light of the World for what turned out to be the Last Supper. His weak and selfish plot ended his love of money and his life. In the character of Judas, all humankind discovered for all ages to come that Light not only exposes but ultimately overcomes evil. Are my motives for staying with Jesus evil or holy? Christ Jesus, purify the reasoning of my heart.
Save me from sinking in the mud; keep me safe from my enemies, safe from the deep water. (Psalm 69:14)
The darkness does not simply not know the light; it does not want to know it.
Hans Urs von Balthasar
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.