Wednesday of the 7th week of Eastertide

Todays' gospel contains some challenges! Judas of course, betrayed Jesus. In this gospel passage, we hear when Jesus is apparently talking about the apostles, that "

not one is lost
except the one who chose to be lost,
and this was to fulfil the scriptures.

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which perhaps suggests that Judas was not to receive salvation through the sacrifice of the Cross. We do know there is only one unforgivable sin - we hear of this in Matt 12 - which there is described as blasphemy against the spirit. But note - this passage is BEFORE the crucifixion and before the betrayal by Judas. It will be interesting to see what the new lectionary translation offers for this Gospel - other translations have 'the son of destruction' {rather than the one who 'chose to be lost'} which points more directly to the evil one - the Devil. The Devil of course took control of Judas ultimately leading to his death - but we know the devil will not have control over the earth for all time! And not full control either!

Jesus is in control, and saves us all, and we hope, to meet Judas in heaven one day.

Posted in Daily Reflection.