I’m fascinated by Judas.
What was the relationship between Judas and Jesus like? How did Judas think it was going to play out? Was Judas disappointed in Jesus and did he feel like the revolution wasn’t going as expected? So many different questions come up for me as I read about the betrayal of Jesus today.
As I imaginatively engage the questions, I’ve been meditating on this poem and perhaps you will find it to be a helpful Holy Thursday meditation as well. It is written in the voice of Jesus to Judas.
Judas, if true love never ceases
how could you, my friend, have come to this:
To sell me for thirty silver pieces
and betray me with a kiss?
Judas, remember what I taught you,
do not despair while hanging on the rope.
It's because you sinned that I have sought you;
I came to give you hope.
Judas, let us pray and hang together,
you on your halter, I upon my hill.
Dear friend, even if you loved me never,
you know I love you still.
—Bishop Fulton J. Sheen