Today here’s a reflective (& thought provoking) quote from one of my favorite spiritual writers, Sister Macrina Wiederkehr…
“…one of you will betray Me.” John 13:21
“…Betrayal is heart-wrenching. The very word, betrayal, suggests that there was once understanding, love and faithfulness existing between the betrayer and the one betrayed. It is possible to be totally oblivious to our ways of betrayal. Our betrayals may not be sealed with 30 pieces of silver, yet there are subtle ways that we can deceive others and ourselves.
‘Self-betrayal’ may sound contradictory, but we do have a way of turning on ourselves and selling ourselves short. We betray ourselves when we are too busy to pray. We betray ourselves when we are too distracted to be grateful for the blessings in our lives. We betray ourselves when we do not acknowledge and use our talents and gifts. We betray ourselves and others when we refuse to forgive or when we nurse violent thoughts.” Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S. B.
Reading this sort of turned Judas’ betrayal of Jesus upside down in my head. We think, ‘i could never have done that So-Very-Terrible-Deed, to sell Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver’ (!) but Sister Macrina applies this stark reality so aptly to our lives.
Oh Lord, have mercy on us all (starting with ME!)
grace, peace & Betrayals (of all sizes)
Virginia : )