Is betrayal a destiny?
Encourage faithfulness to Jesus.
We often encounter opinions that the fate that awaits us will not pass us by. We listen as others say, “He was judged.” “Whatever fate wanted happening.” Today’s gospel also touches on such a destiny, but it addresses it differently than we would. Maybe they were waiting.
Again, as yesterday, we experience events in the middle of the last supper and perceive Jesus as he speaks of betrayal. He says, “… one of you will betray me” (Mt 26:21). Further, he develops: “The Son of man is as it is written, but woe to the man who betrays the Son of man ”(Mt 26:24).
So the Son of man does go, as written of him: but woe to him that betrayed him. The prophets of the Old Testament wrote about the Son of Man, that is, about Jesus. In particular, Isaiah, from which book we read in the first reading even today. The prophet Isaiah lived around the year 770 before the birth of Jesus Christ. That is, almost eight hundred years before the birth of Jesus, He also recorded the words of the future Savior: “I set my back on what they beat, and their cheeks by what they tore. I have not covered my face from humiliation and saliva ”(Isaiah 50: 6).
And there are several such places relating to Jesus in the Old Testament tens. We call them messianic prophecies. So the prophets really wrote about Jesus, and the life of Jesus filled their prophecies to the point. So it might seem that Judas, to the betrayal, was “planned” by the prophets and that Judas had no choice but to betray. If that were the case, Judas would suddenly become a hero because, in fact, he helped Jesus fulfill his mission. However, we know the truth about this help.
Judas, like us, had a free will to decide for himself what would happen and what will not do. He himself decided to betray and sell Jesus. It was his free act, so there can be no question of any destiny. The thirty pieces of silver that he received for Jesus was the price of a child. Jesus knew this, and at the last possible moment, he warned everyone, too Judas, for what awaits man for betraying God. He says, “It would be better for that person if he had not been born ”(Mt 26:24).
We will once have a personal judgment on each of our freemen and voluntary deed. What was against God will be punished, and the deeds will be well rewarded. What awaits anyone who betrays God …? We are all disciples of Jesus as we are here. We also try our while to walk by Jesus’ side in life. We listen to what he tells us, we ask him for help, and we try to report it where they have not heard of it yet. We are his disciples because we are we meet him here at Mass, in prayer. We are the same disciples as John, Peter, Matthew, like James and Judas. We are also often in danger of betraying Jesus. That him we reject in our brothers, families, colleagues, or friends. Judas’s betrayal, his unfaithfulness is a shadow that often falls on each of us. We meet with opinions that the fate that awaits us will not pass us by. We listen to how others say, “He was judged.” “What happened was what fate wanted.” From the neighborhood to us, they catch up with hundreds of different interpreters of “unchangeable destiny.”
But we know the truth and know that the only unchangeable constant is the love that God loves us. Everything else depends on our decision. We decide for ourselves whether we will go with Jesus and remain faithful to his teachings and life or if we sell it for a pair of pieces of silver, like Judah. Therefore, I wish all of us, brothers and sisters, to have a Son in our lives. They did not betray man but remained faithful to him every day, in every decision.
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