The biggest tragedy of Judas was that he could have been St. Judas

I am currently in the Sotto home in Makati, where every minute is entertainment and informative at the same time. My tito Manolo talks about the most random, and sometimes most interesting, things! He mentioned that the Most Reverend Fulton Sheen once said that: “The biggest tragedy of Judas was that he could have been St. Judas.”

Of course, I tweeted it right away. And my other tito, uncle Jack,  replied with this tweet: “But wasn’t he fated to betray Christ? Wasn’t that part of God’s plan?”

And so, what was an interesting quote became a topic of research for me. And here is what I got from Catholic.com: “Judas did indeed feel remorse for what he did (Mt 27:3-4), although he chose the wrong means to demonstrate that remorse (Mt 27:5)”

In Matthew 27: 3-4 it says: “Then Judas, his betrayer, seeing that Jesus had been condemned, deeply regretted what he had done. He returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned in betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? Look to it yourself.””

That was his chance to be St. Judas. That even with being the cause of a great injustice and sin, he had the chance to turn around and make things right. He could have repented and have been forgiven. I doubt it would have changed events, but it would have changed him. And he would have been a wonderful example of remorse and forgiveness.

But he chose differently. And his wrong means as written in verse 5: “Flinging the money into the temple, he departed and went off and hanged himself.”

We can definitely learn from him. That no matter how bad we think things are, we can always choose the better path. We can always make sure that we are still on that path to Sainthood. And that there is no reason for us to think that we cannot change. Because we can.

So don’t give up. Because life is just preparing us for something better.

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