WE HAVE NO SUSPECTS.
The nightly local news often reports a crime committed, and they say, “At this time, we have no suspects. However, please contact the local police or sheriff’s department if you have any information.” Sometimes someone has something that seems insignificant but can lead to the arrest of a suspect. Many people are surprised that the suspect is someone they know and would never dream they could commit any crime.
When Jesus announced at the Last Supper that someone would betray Him, they all asked, “Is it I, Lord.” Notice the 11 disciples referred to Jesus as “Lord.” Judas asked, “Is it I, Rabbi.” Jesus was not Judas’ Lord. Judas himself was his own lord. He only sought to please himself. None of the disciples caught on that Judas was the betrayer.
I love the line of Jesus, “The one who is trustworthy in small matters is trustworthy in greater matters.” Over time, Judas took money from the common purse and no one knew it. He probably took little amounts. Over time he took greater quantities more often. His heart drew father away from Jesus each time his hand was in that purse. He justified his sin to suit himself. He hid it so well that no one suspected him to be a thief or a betrayer.
How good is the Lord to give us so many opportunities to please Him more than ourselves! At the Last Supper, Judas had several opportunities to please Jesus, and all would be forgiven. “He who is not trustworthy in small matters will not be trustworthy in greater ones.”
Like we have seen with the Scribes and Pharisees and now Judas, Jesus never gives up on us. So pray, my friends, morning, noon, and night, “Jesus, all I want to do is please You.”
IGNITE THE FIRE
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC