Betrayal | Spy Wednesday 2019

To be betrayed by those we love, to be let down by those in whom we have placed our trust, is agonizing. It is also agonizing to know that we have betrayed others, let them down, been the cause of their suffering. For Judas, as for Jesus, there was a price to pay for what followed after he went out into the night.

Judas is such an equivocal figure but there is something of Judas in all of us. We see in him the type of everyman (or woman); and his fate and ours are bound up together. On the one hand he has been demonised as the arch-betrayer; on the other he is seen as playing a necessary role in redemption. Holy Week, and Spy Wednesday in particular, bring this ambiguity into sharp focus. Once again we must decide where we stand.

I must admit to worrying about Judas and his ultimate fate, mainly because of all that bad press he has had through the centuries. I like best the answer the Lord gave Catherine of Siena in the Dialogues: she was told that mercy was possible even for Judas. Which means that mercy is possible even for you and me and those we find difficult to love. Wonderful thought!

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6 thoughts on “Betrayal | Spy Wednesday 2019”

  1. On the button as always. Never nice to reflect on how we have disappointed others. A new one for me – Spy Wednesday- wonder the origin of that phrase?

  2. An ACC priest I knew once said in a sermon, “No matter what you’ve done God has seen worse.” At first blush it seemed very simplistic but as I have pondered this over the years I have come to realize and believe that it is a very profound truth. God will always forgive if we truly repent. Thanks be to God.

  3. Apropos this post, isn’t this image beautiful — in conception and in execution ? http://mynheer-art.co.uk/assets/uploads/galleries/large_1_MaryembracesJudasMother1JPG.jpg

    Here’s an image of com-passion, if ever there was one. These women are united in suffering, in common humanity. And in the background, how aptly NM balances Calvary’s ‘arbor nobilis’ and the two malefactors (one of whom…), with the tree from which Judas hangs…

    O Crux ave spes unica
    hoc passionis tempore
    auge piis justitiam

  4. Spy Wednesday, never heard that before. So even a betrayer can be forgiven, and still loved. Wow there’s hope (& Love) for all of us then. Now there’s something to medicate on before Holy Thursday.

  5. Sister, thank you for this post. It resolved a query I had for some time. St. Faustina reminded us all of the Divine Mercy and I pondered whether Jesus’s infinite mercy could have been given to Judas. I am not familiar with the Dialogues, but may seek out a copy for reading now that I know Catherine of Siena was given that message.

    I also contemplate how good it was for us to know that St. Peter was fallible, despite having lived beside Christ, and having witnessed numerous healings and other miracles, including The Transfiguration. Even with all of that intimatacy with Jesus, Peter could deny Christ 3 times when the going got tough, and even after that he could be forgiven. So there is hope for us despite our own frailties.

    • It is good to remember that St Catherine of Siena is a Doctor of the Church. Perhaps what we need to grasp, rather than speculating about the fate of any individual, is the infinite scope of God’s mercy.

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