Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Can we learn from Judas?

In a speech last October, the Pope said:
"when we think of the negative role Judas played we must consider it according to the lofty ways in which God leads events. His betrayal led to the death of Jesus, who transformed this tremendous torment into a space of salvific love by consigning himself to the Father... In his mysterious salvific plan, God assumes Judas' inexcusable gesture as the occasion for the total gift of the Son for the redemption of the world."
He pointed out that both Judas and Peter betrayed Jesus, and both repented of their actions. But Judas' repentance "degenerated into desperation and thus became self-destructive", while Peter "repented and found pardon and grace". The Pope draws attention to this distinction as "an invitation to always remember what St Benedict says at the end of the fundamental Chapter Five of his 'Rule': 'Never despair of God's mercy'."

And finally, the Pope spoke of the faithfulness of Matthias, who replaced Judas among the Twelve, "almost compensating for the betrayal". As he put it:
"While there is no lack of unworthy and traitorous Christians in the Church, it is up to each of us to counterbalance the evil done by them with our clear witness to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour."

1 comment:

Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

Not sure what the Holy Father means by almost compensated, after reading a number of his books, and always aware of bad translations, he cannot mean what it looks like:

where sin abounds, grace abounds more, and, one single unselfish, obediant, charitable act of Matthias, whilst in state of grace,united to the infinte God Himself, infintely outweighed and "compensated" for Judas...as did Peter's act of the will when he turned away and back...