Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose Judas to be one of his Apostles? He knew that Judas would betray him, would break his heart, would be the cause of his passion and death. Couldn’t he have chosen an easier path to the cross?
Jesus went up to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew,
Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,
Simon who was called a Zealot,
and Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Jesus was teaching us an important lesson by selecting Judas. Life is hard and cruel sometimes, particularly when we are hurt or even betrayed by someone we love. When that happens we can feel like we are crushed into dust. But God is close to us during those times, and bears us up through our pain. The fact that we are hurt does not change our mission as followers of Jesus. After all, Jesus walked and ate with his betrayer for three years and yet he fulfilled his destiny of the cross.
Perseverance in suffering is sharing in the passion of Christ.