Gospel of Matthew 26:14-25 Reflection;
As we move into Wednesday of Holy Week the plot thickens against Jesus and Judas, his betrayer, goes to the chief priests and asks what they will pay him if he hands Jesus over to them.
The famous 30 pieces of silver are mentioned. Thirty pieces of silver was the price in ancient times at which a person could buy a slave. In the time of Joseph the going rate was 20 shekels and this was the price that Joseph was sold at. There was even inflation in ancient times.
This was just another way to humiliate Jesus. The chief priests gave Judas thirty pieces of silver, in so doing they were saying that this man was worth nothing more than a slave; it showed the value that the leaders of the Jews put on the head of their Messiah.
The story moves on to Thursday night and the last supper. Jesus announces that one of the twelve is going to betray him. Even now Judas denies that he is going to do so.
What hits me hard is that even when he knew that Jesus had somehow realized what he was doing Judas still persisted in his evil path. How could he not see that the game was up and that Jesus was always one step ahead of him?
But evil is like that, it gets caught up in hatred and reason is no longer applicable. That is the problem with living on emotions, fear, hatred, jealousy or envy, reason goes out the window and the emotion takes over.
In his growing contempt and hatred for Jesus, Judas had lost the plot; from now on there was only one way that he was going to finish. In the end Jesus said of poor Judas, “It would have been better if that man had never been born.”
What a way to finish; it is sad what hatred can do.