Day 81 – The Wound That Never Heals

Mark 14:43–52 NRSV

Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. Then they laid hands on him and arrested him. But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.” All of them deserted him and fled.

A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.

Consider This

Judas betrayed him and everyone else deserted him. 11 + 1 = 12.

But there was a thirteenth.

A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.

Tradition tells it was Mark from the Gospel of Mark.

Back to the betrayal. Betrayal may be the worst offense a person could possibly commit. Why? Because it takes a friend to betray you. It’s why betrayal is something you can get past, but never get over. It is a mortal wound.

The Prayer

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

The Questions

  • Have you ever experienced betrayal? Have you ever betrayed?