First, thank you for your thoughts and comments about the world’s problems especially in the Ukraine. I cannot help but believe that the collective good in us all will find a solution. Keep those ideas coming.
We began Lent on a Wednesday and it starts to wind down on a Wednesday, a day many believe was the day that the betrayal began. Scholars have debated for centuries whether Jesus forgave Judas. I have no doubt. There are those who even believe that Judas was in on God’s plan and was willing to sacrifice permanent disgrace. I don’t go that far, and believe that the betrayal was a disappointment but not a surprise.
We all disappoint. It is a law of human nature, and often the person we disappoint the most is ourselves. It is only a matter of degree. Perhaps, that is why God knew what we need forgiveness the most — from God, from our family, from our neighbors, and from our own selves.
Lent has been a good time to work on our disappointments and forgiving others, but we will continue to disappoint and need to forgive after Easter. The story of Judas is so impactful because we see Judas in us, as we see Peter’s denial.
Why do you think God doesn’t condemn, but forgives? Shouldn’t we?