Today is Holy Wednesday. In today’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew 26: 14-25 we hear of Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus Christ:
One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.
We are Judas when we betray Christ
I think it is safe to say, that we are all kindred spirits to Judas Iscariot. We may not want to go there and admit it, but every time we sin, we betray Jesus, just as Judas did. Every time we sin, we help to bang the nails into Jesus’ hands and feet on the cross; we hurt Jesus.
It is only when we turn our backs on sin and turn toward Jesus that we become less like Judas Iscariot and more like Christ. Sin and Christ are polar opposites. To turn toward Christ requires us to turn our backs on sin. Just as sin and Christ are polar opposites, so too are vice and virtue. If we turn toward virtue, we must forego the vice.
Jesus calls us to be virtuous; holy in His name. He wants us to turn away from sin and to embrace virtue, because He wants to be in communion with us at all times. Jesus wants to have a loving relationship with each of us. The question is: Do we want to be in a loving relationship with Christ? Does vice have you by the stranglehold at the moment? Is it tough to break away and make that turn toward Christ? If so, pray for the Lord’s intercession to come to your aid. This is Holy Week, and we have a God with whom “all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).