We have some really amazing people at St. Francis of Assisi with some great thoughts about our Christian faith. Here is one profound perspective presented as a devotional message that was given to open the September Vestry meeting by Ronnie Connelly, a Vestry member. You can find his bio on the About Us page.
THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND. JESUS KNEW.
HE GOES INTO THAT ROOM WITH HIS DISCIPLES. HE KNOWS HE IS GOING TO BE BETRAYED. HE KNOWS IT IS JUDAS WHO WILL TURN AGAINST HIM. HE KNOWS THAT HE HAS BEEN SOLD OUT FOR A HANDFUL OF SILVER. STABBED IN THE BACK BY ONE HE HAS POURED HIS LIFE INTO.
YET, IN THAT ROOM, HOURS BEFORE THE DEATH OF JESUS, JUDAS ATE TOO. JESUS FED JUDAS TOO. JESUS PRAYED FOR JUDAS TOO. JESUS WASHED JUDAS’ FEET TOO.
I STRUGGLE TO FATHOM THAT KIND OF LOVE. A LOVE THAT WOULD FEED THE MOUTH THAT DECEIVED YOU. A LOVE THAT WOULD WASH THE TREASONOUS FEET OF THE TRAITOR. A LOVE THAT COULD FORGIVE EVEN THE VILEST OF BETRAYALS.
I HONESTLY STRUGGLE TO COMPREHEND IT. AND THEN, SUDDENLY, I REALIZE THAT I’M JUDAS. AND IN THAT MOMENT, I’M SO THANKFUL AND ALTOGETHER OVERWHELMED THAT JUDAS ATE TOO.