On this Spy Wednesday, today’s readings are capped by Matthew’s account of the betrayal of Judas. But consider the boiled down alternative in John 13:27, 30:
Jesus said to Judas, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” … Judas immediately went out. And it was night.
Peter also betrayed Jesus. But the difference was that he did not let that stop him from returning to the Lord and mending that relationship. I once wondered what if those roles had been reversed–what if Judas flung his silver at the religious leaders and returned to the fold and Peter let his weeping lead to bitter suicide? Probably fodder for an alt-history novel, I suppose.
Those last two sentences, brief and cutting: Judas immediately went out. And it was night. I don’t imagine the brightness of the full moon cast much illumination on the spy’s actions that night. This week, it may be night, but it is charmingly bright.