Devotion 40 – Lent 2015

In church on Sunday, we talked about Judas. We examined some differing perspectives on Judas. One thing we know is that we can’t know much if anything about an historical Judas. There aren’t records or primary sources or other forms of trustworthy evidence to verify historicity. From this distance in the future, we just can’t base our impressions on factually based information.

While we cannot say much about Judas from a factual perspective, we can say something about betrayal. Each and every day, we engage in betrayal of some kind. We say we are concerned about something, and then we don’t do anything about it. That is a betrayal of our expressed concern. We say we care for someone, and then we don’t do anything to show that care. That’s a betrayal. We say we are committed to justice and then we buy clothes from sweat shops and eat food picked by oppressed workers. That’s a betrayal.

When we look at Judas from the perspective of the Gospel of Judas, we see that Judas was committed to following Jesus. Jesus wanted Judas to hand him over to the authorities. Judas did as Jesus desired even though he knew it would lead to terrible repercussions for Judas (and for Jesus). Judas followed Jesus. He was completely faithful even when that meant doing something extremely difficult and painful.

The journey of Lent and the journey of life is about bringing our beliefs and our behavior into closer harmony. It is about merging our commitments and our conduct. It is about greater consistency between what we say and what we do. The church helps to lead and guide us on that journey.

Lectionary readings for today:

Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 36:5-11
Hebrews 9:11-15
John 12:1-11

Prayer: May we seek to be true to our highest ideals and commitments. Amen.

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