“”But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.” (Luke 22:21-23)
Judas spent lots of time with Jesus. He knew Jesus well. He shared a meal with Jesus on many occasions. Judas made a decision, that decision was based out of selfish greed. He decided to hand Jesus over to the authorities in exchange for a large sum of money, roughly 4 months wages. Judas made a decision to betray Jesus.
Here’s the thing, we are all Judas. We have all made the decision to betray Jesus in one way or another, and for far less than a bunch of money. Sometimes these are decisions we make daily, other times not as often. Like Judas, some decisions of betrayal are premeditated, others we don’t realize until after the fact. We must not forget that part of Judas’ story is our story as well.
One of the things that is most fascinating about Jesus is the fact that despite Judas’ decision to betray him, he still broke bread with him. This is especially significant in this instance because it is this very meal that we model the sacrament of Communion after, where Judas was seated, present, and even served. We are Judas. We are invited and even welcomed to the table, the place where Jesus gives himself for us, despite our decisions to betray him. Despite our decisions and ourselves, he always makes room for us at his table.
May we choose obedience over betrayal. And may we experience the grace extended to us when we choose the later so that we might pursue the former.