Where will Judas be in the charts? One of the questions asked in our Lent reflection for the Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent. The Bible passage is: Matthew 5.17-19
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Here is a reflection is from a young (10 year old) member of our church who also attends St Chrysostom’s School.
“I think this reading means that if you do good things, you go to the top of the charts, but if you are bad and break the laws, you go to the bottom of the charts. I think that when you do good things, you feel good about yourself, but if you do bad things, you feel bad and guilty about yourself.
At school, when you are very naughty, you are given detentions and sometimes even excluded, sometimes for a short time and sometimes for good. In this reading, even really naughty people who break all the rules and get other people to break them too, are still kept in, even if they are at the bottom of the charts. This really surprised me that they are still in.
I would like people to remember these words so that they know not to breaks the laws and how to be good.
I would like to ask God where Judas will be in the charts, because although he was very bad at the end, he was good at first.”
Almighty God, we thank you for the mercy and forgiveness you show us even when we mess up and get things wrong. We are thankful for your grace that keeps us within your kingdom, even when we deserve it least. Amen.