It’s not just Spy Wednesday, but a whole half-week of Judas dogging the
Lord at daily Mass. Yesterday’s complaint on Mary of Bethany netted this commentary from John:
He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag. (Jn 12:6)
Money and sex are the great sins of pastors, and perhaps not denial so much (see Peter), so the former is where some pundits nail the one whose hand is on the table.
Today John reminds us again that Judas was the treasurer for the disciples, and all the money they netted from women supporters. The evangelist spreads the blame around:
After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him. (Jn 13:27a)
Does this involve a willingness to lay one’s life open for the wrong cause? Was Judas aware? Fully at fault? I prefer to think of taking ownership of one’s sins and not blaming somebody else. Parents, devils, feminists, the oppressive nanny state: excuses all.
Did Judas have some sense of another when he asked:
What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you. (Mt 26:15)
It’s an early Christian tape playing in my head that the sin of Judas was not betrayal as such, but his denial there was any hope for him afterward. Peter also betrayed the Lord, especially after he promised courage and loyalty. But Peter returned.