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Matthew 26:14-16, Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I betray him to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
— Matthew 26:14-16

NL Daily Devotion for Saturday, April 13, 2019

by R. Fergus Moir, Clergy Stuff

To betray means “to deliver someone to an enemy,” which is what Judas agrees to do. But the word has broader meanings, including “to fail or desert, especially in time of need.”

How easy it is for us to betray Jesus. To fail or desert him, especially in this time of so much need, where Jesus is present in each of us, including “the least of these,” the oppressed and downtrodden, the hungry and imprisoned.

For Judas, it came down to money. And so it is today, where money is seen as the god who will deliver us from all our difficulties. How often do I fail to act on behalf of my neighbor in the name of my own comfort?

God, liberate me from my reliance on anything other than you, that I may not betray your call to serve and love you.

Later Event: April 14
Matthew 21:1-17, Triumphal Entry