Father John was born in Southampton N.Y. He served as an altar boy during his youth at the Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Chruch. He is a graduate of Hellenic College with a B.A. and received his Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA in 2012. He is supported in his ministry by his wife Abigail. He was ordained to the priesthood in August 5th, 2012 and assigned to Saint Demetrios as the assistant priest.
The Traitor’s Bargain
We can pinpoint three real reasons why Judas betrayed Jesus:
1. It may have been of avarice
2. It may have been because of bitter hatred
3. It may be that Judas never intended Christ to die
It’s not Jesus who can changed by us, be we who need to changed by Christ.
“Rabbi, is it I?” (Matt 26:25)
There is no question that Judas went about his deceitful business with complete secrecy. He had to conceal his plans from his fellow disciples but could not conceal them from Christ.
Christ knows always what we have in our hearts and minds no matter how hard we try to hide or forget.
The only weapon that Christ will ever use is the weapon of love’s appeal.
When Christ seeks to stop us from sinning, he does two things:
1. He confronts us with our sin.
2. He confronts us with Himself.
“He sees a man to become aware of the horror of the thing he is about to do, and of the love which yearns to stop him doing it.”
“Our hearts revolt against the son or daughter who cold-bloodedly breaks a parent’s heart – which is what Judas did to Jesus – and the tragedy is that this is what we ourselves so often do.”
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