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dc.contributor.authorSchuler, Jeanneen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 259en_US
dc.description.abstractJudas and the Rest of Us|Children are rarely named after that apostle. Judas betrayed Jesus and from that deed the passion unfolds. These companions shared meals and faced danger together. Breaking the bonds of trust, the traitor becomes an outcast and even his name is shunned. "Surely it is not I, Lord" bursts from us all. The raw pain of betrayal seems final.|In Dante's vision of hell, persons are punished in monstrous ways that mimic their sins. In the inferno's depths, almost nothing human remains. All is silent except for the endless flapping of Lucifer's wings that entombs sinners in ice. Dante reserves this frozen state for traitors and names it after Judas, who is being crushed in the monster's jaws.|Let's imagine that Judas was not so different from us. He knew the feel of money from watching over their small treasury. Perhaps he had secret debts or pined for things that would make his eyes dance. In his weakness he made a deal without much thought for the consequences. Jesus' trial and sentence stunned him. This was not what he planned.|As children, we learn that Judas betrayed Jesus twice. Tormented by his fault, Judas was sure that nothing this foul could be forgiven. Love could not stretch this far. Like the unbroken beat of Lucifer's wings, he clung to his guilt and abandoned his friend again.|Jesus turns no one away. He is no stranger to brokenness and is not surprised by failure. We bring emptiness to the table during Holy Week as our prayer. In your presence, we learn how short is the distance from the grotesque to beauty.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherHoly Week - Wednesdayen_US
dc.titleReflection for March 19, 2008: Wednesday of Holy Week.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSchuler, Jeanne A.en_US Weeken_US 6en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 50:4-9aen_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 26:14-25en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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