The readings present us with the extremes and the in-betweens in human behavior. In Judas we see evil at its most extreme, as he goes off to to trade the sweet company of Jesus for a handful of coins that he will eventually throw away.
In Jesus see its most extreme as he prepares his young life to face its extinction. “I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I have set my face like flint.”
In between we have the disciples in a holiday mood as they ready to celebrate the Passover. “Where do you want us to prepare to eat the Passover?”
The next evening Jesus will tell them, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation?
Instead of praying, they snooze. In Matthew 26:56 we see how they responded when they were faced with men coming out with clubs and swords: “All the disciples left him and fled.”
If we expect to get by as run-of-the-mill Christians there is a chance Jesus will say to us what he said to the angel of Laodicea in Revelations 3:15, “I wish that you were hot or cold, but since you are lukewarm I will spit ou out of my mouth.”
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