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Monday April 11: True Repentance

The man who was to betray Him

John 12: 1 – 11

I often wonder why Judas Iscariot was allowed to stay. Jesus must have known his heart.

Could it be that Jesus hoped Judas would change and miraculously accept Jesus and not be the one that betrays Jesus. Or, as with Pharaoh, was Judas’ heart truly hardened to fulfil his destiny of betraying Jesus.

I am always saddened by how Judas’ story ends. His choice to take his own life shows, despite all the time spent listening to Jesus, that he never truly understood the message of Jesus.

If God can take Saul, one of the greatest persecutors of the Church, and convert him to one of the great evangelizers of the Church what could Judas have become if he chose to repent and seek mercy from God.

I pray today for anyone weighed down by sin and guilt, at the point of contemplating suicide, that God opens our minds and hearts to His Word for healing and mercy.

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