“Take care that your hearts aren’t dulled by drinking parties, drunkenness, and the anxieties of day-to-day life. Don’t let that day fall upon you unexpectedly, like a trap. It will come upon everyone who lives on the face of the whole earth. Stay alert at all times, praying that you are strong enough to escape everything that is about to happen and to stand before the Human One.” Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple, but he spent each night on the Mount of Olives. All the people rose early in the morning to hear him in the temple area. The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called Passover, was approaching. The chief priests and the legal experts were looking for a way to kill Jesus, because they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve. He went out and discussed with the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard how he could hand Jesus over to them. They were delighted and arranged payment for him. He agreed and began looking for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them—a time when the crowds would be absent. (Luke 21:34—22:6, CEB)
Do not be overtaken by the anxieties of life or have your hearts dulled. We need to stay focused on loving others around us.
I also like how Luke here and the other Gospel writers say that Satan entered Judas. Like what Judas did would not have happened if it wasn’t for Satan or something evil. Maybe it was all part of a plan that was to get Jesus’ message more heard.
Peter Rollins talks about this in The Fidelity of Betrayal. A great book that goes into maybe Judas was following the plan lais out by Jesus for Jesus to be handed over to the authorities and it went a way Judas wasn’t expecting and that is why he killed himself.
Maybe, maybe not, but I wonder why we feel the need to blame evil for this.
Satan made me do it. I remember my mom having a little statue that said this. Seems like an easy out for when things don’t go as we planned.
Maybe if we just focused on love and loving others we wouldn’t need to blame anyone else.
Loving People. Loving God.