Judas’ Worst Week Ever
Homily for Wednesday of Holy Week
Preached on March 31, 2010 at Holy Spirit Parish/The Newman Center at the University of Kentucky, Lexington KY
Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34; Matthew 26:14-25
It hasn’t been a good week for Judas Iscariot.
It started last Sunday, when this villain in the unfolding drama of these holy days was portrayed in the Passion as a kissing traitor (cf. Lk. 22:48). On Monday, he was described as a thief (cf. Jn. 12:6). Yesterday, he was a man possessed by Satan (cf. Jn. 13:26-27). Today, he is depicted as a greedy merchant ready to sell off his Master to the highest bidder (Mt. 26:14-16). The evidence is racking up against him and it would be easy to throw all the blame to this disloyal disciple. But we know better. Even though Judas had handed over Jesus to His enemies and got a thirty silver profit out of it (cf. Mt. 26:15), we also know that it has been our sins that have started this tragedy of a God betrayed by His own.
It has been a bad week for Judas and he has himself to blame for it. But remember: this week will convict us too of our own weaknesses. It will convict us when our true colors, motives, and allegiances begin to unravel in the drama of the Lord’s Passion. It will convict us for the times when the Lord looked to us for sympathy and there was none, for consolers and not one among us could be found (Ps. 69:21). But fear not; however bad this week will get, Christ by His steadfast love is bound to make even humanity’s worst Friday Good.