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Alone

Today's Gospel tells us that Judas is clearly identified as Christ's betrayer, while the others are distressed at the idea of betrayal.  Jesus' response?  The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him....

Can you imagine how alone Judas felt?  He knew what lay ahead, at least in part:  that Christ would be arrested.  Here was his friend, indeed his whole group of friends:  men that he had traveled with, laughed with, cried with, the Man he had learned from....and Judas was willing to throw it all away, choosing to be alone.

And then there is Christ:  the ultimate Alone-ness.  No one person could do what was being asked of Him.  He literally carries the weight of the whole world on His shoulders and there is no one around Him in whom He can confide, or share the load.  It is His responsibility alone.

Find some time today to ask yourself:  Am I choosing to be alone, or to be alone with Christ?  Am I Judas, or will I remain?  What alone-ness do I choose?

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