8 Apr 2020. Holy Wednesday. Cycle A-2020. Is 50:4-9a + Mt 26:14-25

Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over (Mt 26:14-16).

Judas dissented. The Lord was mighty, but not strong enough. He was authoritative, but not radical enough. He was wise, but not shrewd enough. He was smart, but not fast enough. He was loving, but not often enough.

The dissenter planned, not to topple the Lord, but to prod Him. Better and faster, he thought, but he knew not enough. The dissenter troubled; the Lord was clobbered. He tottered and he stumbled. Strategy turned tragedy.

Christians dissented. The Church was not Biblical enough. The Church was not modern enough. The Church was not flexible enough. The Church was not wise enough.  The Church was not inclusive enough.

Dissenters criticized, contrived, connived, and conspired. The dissenters grumbled; the Church crumbled. Strategy turned tragedy.

Christ baffled; dissent wobbled. Christ united; dissent divided. VSS

Picture credit: Judas betrays the Christ with a kiss. A Bible illustration from “Gospel of Judas” article by Catholic World Report, May 2006, p. 12.