This is a day of darkness. Judas’ hour of truth. The scariest part of this day, I think, is the realization that Judas is in all of us. So often we look at Judas with disgust, but his story is all too often our story. We make the wrong choices, we turn our backs on God, we think we know better.
“Judas is neither a master of evil nor the figure of a demoniacal power of darkness but rather a sycophant who bows down before the anonymous power of changing moods and current fashion. But it is precisely this anonymous power that crucified Jesus, for it was anonymous voices that cried, ‘Away with him! Crucify him!’” — Pope Benedict XVI
Are we faithful to God’s way or do we bow down to “changing moods and current fashion”? If the Passion were to play out before our eyes right now, is there a chance we might choose the path of Judas? Can we even recognize the path of Judas in our modern world?
Our Triduum is set against a backdrop of rising atheism and secularism, of sexual obsession and immorality at every level of society. Judas would not have to look very far to cut a deal with the devil today.