Judas Iscariot remains forever one of the great villains of history. But more than a villain, he is a tragedy. In turning his back on Christ, in refusing to seek mercy and forgiveness for his betrayal, Judas betrayed not only Jesus and the disciples. He betrayed himself. That’s what sin does. It takes what is great within us and it twists it beyond all recognition.
As we prepare for the Easter Triduum, let us prepare our hearts by turning from sin, seeking God’s forgiveness and praying that we might not only be true to God and to our neighbor, but to ourselves.