Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
Matthew 26: 23 – 25
Jesus and his disciples, his closest friends, were eating their last supper together, in a private room. It was an intensely emotional time, particularly for Jesus, who knew what was coming. One of the most difficult things that he was having to face was the fact that his death would result from a betrayal. One of these people, his dearest companions, would betray him.
Judas was the disciple who took care of the money, and he had gone to the priests to betray Jesus after Jesus had accepted the woman who poured perfume over him, a waste of money that the disciples were unhappy about. Money was clearly important to him – he accepted 30 days wages, 30 pieces of silver, to betray Jesus. Jesus showed him, in this conversation, that he knew what was going on. He didn’t hide from the conflict or ignore the betrayal. Judas had decided that money was worth more than Jesus.
We live in a society where money is very important. We need it to live, but we also assume that things that make money are good, business is good, capitalism is good. It’s very easy for us to end up thinking that money is more important than it is. It’s just a way of exchanging things, but for Judas, it was more important than a dear friend and teacher, more important than truth.
Prayer: Beloved Lord, friend and God, please show me if I have become too attached to money and the things it can get for me. Help me to recognise where I can use the money you’ve given me in ways that give you glory and honour you. Amen