‘Judas’ comes in different shapes and sizes, but the fact remains that there is a ‘Judas’ in all of us, warned Bishop Mario Grech in a prayer vigil at the Sanctuary of Gethsemane. Currently on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the Bishop of Gozo was praying in the same millennial garden in which Christ was betrayed by Judas Iscariot.
Mgr Grech said that while we may dress up our betrayal to look acceptable, it still smacks of Judas’ kiss. Recalling the scene of the betrayal, Bishop Grech said that Christ still called the traitor ‘friend’. The difference between Judas and the rest of the disciples was that while all at some point betrayed Jesus, only Judas despaired of forgiveness and did not try to build bridges and return to Jesus. ‘He did not understand that Jesus has a soft spot for the sinner, he doubted His sincerity when He called him friend’ said Mgr Grech.
The Bishop of Gozo concluded that praying not to sin is futile since it goes against human nature. The faithful should pray that their trust and faith in God’s forgiveness is strengthened.