Repentance Part – 3

John13:2 —— And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him.

The bible says the Devil is an accuser and is always present where the Word of God is shared. Our God is a just God who forgives us our sins when we repent, but the devil persists in accusing us. When we come to the Eucharist Jesus stands instead of us on the Cross, and thus we are forgiven.  Just because Jesus paid the price does not mean we receive forgiveness – we have to acknowledge and repent. This is why during the Mass the prayer stresses on mercy.

Till the point of the Eucharist the priest leads us into prayers of mercy. “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world have mercy on us.” When the priest himself takes the body and blood he says, “I am eating your body and drinking your blood, may it not bring condemnation but health in mind and body.”

At the last supper Jesus knew that Judas would betray him, Peter would deny him and the disciples would abandon him. Yet the Bible says despite all this, He loved them to the end. But Judas went a step further and nurtured the desire to betray Jesus.
 
John 13:21-27 — When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”  Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.
 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.  Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke.
 Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”
Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.  Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”

After Judas ate the morsel Satan entered. When we go to church for mass, we participate in the mass not hear the mass.  We recall what Jesus went through and how He received victory. It then becomes a part of our life so that we too can have victory despite being rejected and persecuted.

Why did Satan not enter Peter when he denied Jesus? They all eventually ate the bread but Satan only entered Judas.

Jesus and Judas–the epitome of opposites: the Perfect One and the absolutely wretched; the best and the worst. The purity of Jesus and the vileness of Judas, by contrast, became very obvious.

Judas is the perfect and prime example of what it means to have opportunity and then lose it. He becomes all the more terrible because of the glorious beginnings he had. Judas followed the same Christ as the others. For three years, day in and day out, he occupied himself with Jesus Christ. He saw the same miracles; heard the same words; performed some of the same ministries; was esteemed in the same way the other disciples were–yet he did not become what the others became. In fact, he became the very opposite. While they were growing into true apostles and saints of God, he was progressively forming into a vile, calculating tool of Satan. He entertained thoughts of betraying Jesus.

We too have secret areas in our life where we enjoy the pleasures of sin. The Body and Blood of Jesus that we receive during the Holy Eucharist must be received by us in a worthy manner so that we can receive abundant life through Christ.

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