Love in the face of betrayal

Scripture: John 13:21-35
Holy Wednesday
April 1, 2015

“I will give you a new commandment:  Love each other.  Just as I have loved you, so you must love each other.” John 13:34

Even in the moment of deep betrayal, Jesus shares bread and cup with Judas.  Even in the moment between Judas leaving, knowing that the next time he will see him it won’t be good for Jesus, Jesus still turns to his disciples and speaks about love. 

And so the week begins to take a turn.  Even in the darkness of the night, the shadow of the cross is looming.

We can ask ourselves until we are blue in our faces, why did Judas betray Jesus? 

The better question is: how am I to be loving, in a world where I might be betrayed?  To love one another is the summation of all of the commandments (along with loving God).  It is our main purpose and Jesus didn’t allow Judas’ actions to change the core of who he was, the loving presence of God.

Blessing:  Be a presence of love today, especially toward those in your life that you struggle with loving.  Amen.


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