It is sobering to reflect on the betrayer of Jesus. Judas knew Jesus intimately, spent time with him, gave up many things to follow him, yet he betrayed him. We see this pattern repeated in our day, by people we look up to as holy, who abuse and betray the trust placed in them. Power, money and status can corrupt. We are all weak human beings who can be tempted to sell out on our values and grab at something else.

To acknowledge our personal poverty and our need for grace and the support of others is a constant challenge. God has given everything for our freedom and is constantly calling us in love, but we need to ensure our hearts stay soft and open to that call.

Lord, we come as children, afraid that we are capable of rejecting you, keep us close to you and do not allow us to deceive ourselves.

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