(Deposition, Rogier Van der Weyden, C1435, detail, from The Edge of the Enclosure)
Judas Betrays Jesus
Judas Betrays Jesus
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, "Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?" So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there." So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal. When it was evening, he came with the twelve. And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me." They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, "Surely, not I?" He said to them, "It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born."
Why, oh why, God, would someone who’s supposed to be my friend treat me like this?
Why did they post that remark? Why did they send that embarrassing picture of me to everybody?
Why are they trash-talking me, making sport of my plight, or turning my friends against me?
My heart is heavy…not just because of how I’ve been betrayed…
But when have I done it to others? Did I even realize it at the time?
Was I acting out in anger? Was I trying to be clever, witty, or “one-up?”
Teach me, oh, God, to forgive my betrayers…but mostly not to betray others.