Wednesday of Holy Week is known as Spy Wednesday when we remember the betrayal of Jesus by one who had been his disciple and friend. I offer this revised re-post from Spy Wednesday, 2010.
Had Judas given more forethought
to the misery he'd cause
by his selfish kiss of betrayal
would he have taken time to pause?
Would he have run back to the garden
and try to save the Lord
lanced the soldier's ear
like Peter with his sword?
Would he have tried to hide the Lord
safely tucked away
in some small room he'd known about
where he could quietly stay?
Would he have stood faithfully by His side
saying "Crucify me as well!"
unable to leave the one
who was destined to save him from hell?
Poor, poor Judas,
why did you turn awry
and forget to glance upon our Lord
with love and sorrow in your eye?
Why didn't you beg for forgiveness
and admit your evil act,
could you too, have had a chance for peace,
in our Savior's loving pact?
Instead you let despair
hang you from a tree
soul forever lost
name darkened through history.
Poor, poor Judas
I want to learn from you
the lesson we must all accept
and share with others, too.
God will always love us
His mercy never ends
if we but say we're sorry
and work to make amends.