March 28, 2018 – Wednesday in Holy Week
Isaiah 50:4-9a – Psalm 69 – Matthew 26:14-25
We’re faced once more with the image of betrayal and can’t help but look at Judas and Peter: two different ways of completing a circle of fate: one of remorse and one of despair. We might well benefit to see how these choices play out in our own lives. It’s a given that we all “fall short of the glory of God.” We make accidental and deliberate mistakes. We make choices all throughout our lives. Some are good choices; some not so good. But it’s not the fact that we make mistakes that matters. It’s what we do after that. Peter makes his mistake and goes out and weeps; Judas despairs. One realizes the sorrow & moves through it; Judas is consumed by his own inability to allow the love and mercy of Jesus to transform stone from a stumbling block into a bridge into/onto the road to heaven. The mistake is made by a word – Peter’s denial. And by an act – the kiss of Judas. We all sin in word and deeds. In what we have done and in what we have failed to do. Judas failed completely by not acknowledging his mistake. Peter failed but had remorse & his “stumbling rock” could be turned into a building block. Amen!