Betrayal: Tuesday of Holy Week 2021

Today, as we eavesdrop on the dialogue about betrayal between Jesus and Peter (cf John 13) we are confronted with a bleak truth. We all know the pain of being betrayed, but we are less likely to ackowledge the pain of betraying others. Yet that is exactly what we do, all the time! The tragedy is that we do not always recognize the ways in which we let others down, or we impersonalise them so that they remain ‘other’ and never take on an individual, human face. The UK’s reduction in its aid budget, from 0.7 to 0.5% of GDP, is not just a scaling down by one of the world’s most generous givers, it is also a betrayal of those who were relying on it to fund healthcare and education projects, for example. Then there are the more obviously personal betrayals: the broken promises, the cheating on relationships, the selfish choice we make.

As we go deeper into Holy Week, it would be good to take stock. Instead of worrying about how others have hurt us, perhaps we could spend a few moments thinking how we have hurt others, asking forgiveness if we can, but at any rate resolving not to fall into old patterns of behaviour. It can be helpful to look at what drives us to betray others. It may be money, the need to appear successful, even laziness. For each of us it will be different, but discovering our own weakness may enable us to understand better the betrayals of Judas and Peter, and the loneliness Christ experienced as a result.

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6 thoughts on “Betrayal: Tuesday of Holy Week 2021”

  1. ‘Instead of worrying about how others have hurt us, perhaps we could spend a few moments thinking how we have hurt others, asking forgiveness…’

    As always, a great deal to think about.

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  2. Amen. Amen. You have hit the nail on the head. Thank you. This is a wonderful passage from the Gospel. At times it is so easy to identify with Peter, with Judas, with John, or with each of the other disciples. Then – we feel the pain of betrayal that Jesus must have felt before we sense the warmth of His Loving Arms and hear Him say “Come Unto Me…”. Amen, Amen.

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  3. Blessings Sister, coming from a privaged background and still privileged that I live in New Zealand in a co vid environment! I don’t think that I’m worthy to express my point of view.

    But, In holy week!
    Thank-you for explaining and reminding me on how Jesus was betrayed.
    What resonances with me is:

    Who have I betrayed?
    My prayers simplely for Easter this year, are for forgiveness! Easter blessings Ruth

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