THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
SATAN ENTERED HIM
Judas was chosen by Jesus himself. He was in his daily company
for three years. He was taught by him, parables explained
to him, witnessed first hand his miracles, was sent on mission
and drove out demons. But still, Judas betrayed Jesus.
If it happened to one of Jesus' apostles, it can happen to
any of us, even as we are deep into the company of and service
What happened to Judas? He perhaps was still looking for that
king who would liberate them from the Romans; he failed to
grasp God's vision. He perhaps, like the others, could not
accept the suffering that Jesus said he needed to undergo;
he failed to appreciate the cross. He perhaps wanted to force
Jesus' hand by betraying him to the Jews; he failed to learn
submission and obedience.
We would never consciously or deliberately betray Jesus. But
by some of our actions, we might unwittingly be doing so.
Jesus is there for us, not wanting for us to go astray. Even
with Judas, Jesus gave him a last opportunity to turn back
from his course. Jesus pronounced woe to whoever betrays him
(Mt 26:24). But Judas persisted, "Surely it is not I,
Rabbi?" (Mt 26:25). Jesus pointed out that the one who
took the morsel from him is the betrayer, but still Judas
took it (Jn 13:26-27a). So "Satan entered him" (Jn
How tragic! The temple of the Holy Spirit is taken over by
Satan. The evil one is able to penetrate the barrier of grace
and goodness provided by God.
It can happen. And the "betrayal" of Jesus often
has its roots in seemingly insignificant lapses, in small
indiscretions or minor infidelities.
Choose to always be on the right path. Accept God's vision
for your life and service with humility, gratitude and faith.
Be willing to embrace the cross, with joy. Submit your life
totally to Jesus.