Devotion for Wednesday, April 4

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2012

Wednesday, April 4

John 13:21-32

This passage tells the story of Jesus foretelling the betrayal of Judas.  I have often wondered what it was like for Jesus to be betrayed by one of his own disciples, a close friend, someone he trusted.  Have you ever felt betrayed by such a person in your life?  When we are betrayed we tend to experience several emotions – – anger, hurt, disbelief, denial.  At times people hunger for revenge.

As a therapist who often works with people who feel betrayed, I feel it is important to validate the range of human emotions.  Just as Elizabeth Kubler-Ross talked about the stages of grief, I believe we must move through various stages (denial, anger, bargaining, depression) before moving into acceptance.  Sometimes people get stuck and continue to feel helpless or resentful.

With Jesus as our example, I believe we as Christians can eventually move into forgiveness and peace.  As one cartoon character was heard to say, “Do you know the best way to conquer your enemy?  Make him or her your friend.”  Jesus showed us that even when horrible things happen, God can make good out of them.  Jesus was able to accept Judas’ betrayal as a human flaw and love him anyway.  This is our challenge.

 -Submitted by Susan Dunaway-Tsujihara

GPS Questions:

Apparently Jesus knew of Judas’ plot prior to the last supper they shared with one another. Yet Jesus personally served Judas the break and the cup. Can there be any reason you can think of that we would deny a person from sharing in the Sacrament of Holy Communion?

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