Monday, March 17, 2008

What was Judas' problem anyway?

On Tuesday we'll read (the Gospel of John 13:21-33,36-38) the passage where Jesus identifies Judas as his betrayer. Judas, who was among his closest companions, betrayed Jesus (Matthew 26:15) for thirty pieces of silver.

To what are YOU so attached that you could be pulled away from Jesus?

Obviously there was a change in Judas, if he once followed and believed in Jesus. How powerful temptation can be! To reject Jesus, Judas turned to something else. What draws you away from living the Gospel? Are you being pulled by power, or position, or like Judas himself, greed? Are you too accepting of the latest spiritual fad, distancing yourself from the Church while embracing something that strokes your ego or your need for pleasantry?

The first reading on Tuesday, March 18th comes from the Book of Isaiah (49:1-6) and it reminds us that God calls us from our birth; He knows our name.

Isaiah reminds us of the greatness for which we are destined when he says:

"It is too little, . . . for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth."

You see, God is calling you, not just for mediocracy, but to be a light to others so that His message of salvation can reach others! Do away with the obstacle that you have latched onto and turn to the ways of God! It is there that you will find meaning for your life.

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