Saturday, July 7: They counted out for him thirty pieces of silver
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 26:14-16
Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Because we know the end of the story, reading how Judas betrays Jesus for thirty pieces of silver just makes our hearts sink, and makes us wonder, "How could he do it, what was he thinking, how did that man get himself in such a position?" Betrayal is such a hard emotion because it's felt so viscerally.
All of us have betrayed or been betrayed at some point, usually by someone who's still held closely in our hearts, just as Judas was in Jesus' inner circle. And still, Jesus chooses to love. Mirror Jesus today, and as much as you're able, start to move toward forgiveness of yourself or the person who betrayed you. Betrayal can be dark and weigh us down, but forgiveness gives us a chance to be light and free. Choose freedom.