Wednesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 50:4-9 + Matthew 26:14-25
… from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.
Recent scandals in the Church prompt reflection upon the person of Judas Iscariot. Why did Jesus ever choose him to be an apostle? Didn’t Jesus know that Judas would betray Him? Or is that precisely why He chose Him?
Divine Providence is difficult to parse. It’s difficult, and perhaps even pointless, for us to reflect upon Judas from God’s providential point of view. However, the Church does call us to reflect upon Judas from our own point of view: that is, as sinners like Judas.
Can each of us imagine hearing Jesus say about oneself: “It would be better for that man if he had never been born”? Surely such words only apply to the worst of sinners, such as Judas? In fact, Jesus did not choose Judas for eternal damnation: rather, Judas chose that for himself. Likewise, each of us chooses each of our sins. It’s in the face of one’s sins that one has a choice to remain in sin, or to turn to Jesus as the one through whom we can find forgiveness. Even and especially in our sins, Jesus wants us to turn to Him. Yet we remain free until death to make the choices that we will.