The first time I really thought about Judas and his betrayal of Jesus, I asked “where did that come from?”
Today’s Gospel has the answer.
The betrayal of Judas wasn’t the work of a moment. It was a long time coming. Today we get a glimpse of how Judas got there.
Judas was one of the Twelve. Called by Jesus. But somewhere along the way, something went wrong.
Something else took first place for Judas. Nothing obvious. Something only Jesus could see.
But by the time Jesus asked the Twelve if they would leave Him along with everyone else – Jesus knew that Judas was already gone.
That’s how it happens. It starts small. But it gets between you and God. And then it grows.
It doesn’t matter what it is. What matters is where it is.
Once it’s between you and God, it will keep growing. Not until it consumes your relationship with God. But until it consumes you.
If that’s not what you’re looking for, there is an alternative. That’s what Good Friday is all about.