A Sermon for Spy Wednesday

Judas

Stained glass window depicting The Last Supper (detail), with Judas wearing a black halo. South transept, St John the Baptist Church, Yeovil, Somerset. (Photo by Roman Hobler, CC BY-SA 2.0, 2016)

The Wednesday in Holy Week is at times referred to as “Spy Wednesday.” On this day we hear the reading from the Gospel of John that describes the setting in motion of Judas’ betrayal. In the Gospel of John, there are no thirty pieces of silver and Judas seems to be part of a cosmic battle between good and evil. John makes it clear that Jesus knows of Judas’ coming betrayal, and yet Judas is a beloved disciple, entrusted with the common purse, and present at Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet.

So on this Wednesday in Holy Week, I offered a brief sermon about Judas at Trinity Commons’ Eucharist at Samford University.

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