Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which is a time of preparation to celebrate the most momentous event in earth's history since the creation itself.
Inexorable fate had not predestined Judas to treachery. Judas did not have to betray Jesus. Instead, every step of the way, he was free to make a moral choice between good and evil.
Jesus was teaching a completely new way of approaching how his disciples—and all who would come after them—were to understand authority: Tangible love, patient help, and mutuality.
And the full extent of love is to recognize that wherever the church stands is holy ground, for there is the very Body of Christ, the presence of the Presence, the embodiment of God the Son.
In this week’s posts, Judas had been having one small rebellion after another, and covering it over by pretending to love Jesus until finally, it seemed like out of the blue to the other disciples, he did something unbelievably awful.