And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
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The unhappy Judas wishes to compensate with the price of his Master for the loss which he thought he hadmade by the pouring out of the ointment. Where it is said: “And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the Chief Priests to betray Him unto them.”.
But by the words, “he went out”, itis shown that he was not invited by the Chief Priests, nor bound by any necessity, but entered upon this design from the spontaneous wickedness of his own mind.
Many in this day shudder at the crime of Judas in selling his Master, his Lord and his God, for money, as monstrous and horrible wickedness. They however do not take heed, for when the sake of gain they trample on the rights of charity and truth, they are traitors to God, Who is Charity and Truth.
And Judas Iscariot, who was one of us, rose up and went his way to betray him. And Judas came with the scribes and with the priests of the people, and betrayed our Lord Jesus. Now this was done on the fourth day of the week. And in the night they seized our Lord Jesus. And the next day, which was the fourth of the week, he remained in ward in the house of Caiaphas the high priest. And on the same day the chiefs of the people were assembled and took counsel against him. And on the next day again, which was the fifth of the week, they brought him to Pilate the governor. And he remained again in the ward with Pilate the night after the fifth day of the week. But when it drew on (towards day) on the Friday, they accused him much before Pilate; and they could show nothing that was true, but gave false witness against him. And they asked him of Pilate to be put to death; and they crucified him on the same Friday. He suffered, then, at the sixth hour on Friday. And these hours wherein our Lor...
He is sold, and cheap was the price—thirty pieces of silver; yet he buys back the world at the mighty cost of his own blood. A sheep, he is led to the slaughter—yet he shepherds Israel and now the whole world as well. Oration , On the Son
And he promises to betray Him, as his master the devil said before, “All this power I will give thee.”It goes on, “And when they heard it they were glad, and promised to give him money.” They promise him money, and they lose their life, which he also loses on receiving the money.
No opportunity for treachery can be found, such that it can escape vengeance here or there.
Ostom, de Prod. Jud., Homily 1: Whydost thou tell me of his country? would that I could also have been ignorant of his existence. But there was another disciple called Judas the zealot, the brother of James, and lest by calling him by this name there should arise aconfusion between the two, he separates the one from the other. But he says not Judas the traitor, that he may teach us to be guiltless of detraction, and to avoid accusing others. In that however he says, “one of the twelve”, he enhanced the detestable guilt of the traitor; for there were seventy other disciples, these however were not so intimate with Him, nor admitted to such familiar intercourse. But these twelve were approved by Him, these were there gal band, out of which the wicked traitor came forth.
ostom: Oh! the madness, yes, the avarice of the traitor, for his covetousness brought forth all the evil. For covetousness retains the souls which it has taken, and confines them in everyway when it has bound them, and ma...