The Big Sell-Out

I tell you solemnly, one of you is about to betray Me

Matthew 26:21
Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalms 22:8-9,17-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66

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Passion Sunday, A

Recently, there was a very biting piece of satire offered in a magazine cartoon. A CEO-type is pictured at the podium, delivering a speech. The caption reads, “And so, while the end of the world scenario will be rife with unimaginable horrors, we believe the pre-end period will be filled with unprecedented opportunities for profit.” Wow! Like all good satire, there is more than a grain of truth in that depiction. After all, greed, lust for power, and betrayal are not just the stuff of tabloids and TV. These values are being played out in living color in our political and popular culture, each and every day. Sadly, it seems there are no limits to this sell-out spirit — a topic that is particularly timely on this Passion Sunday.

Every year on this day, Judas’ betrayal of Jesus for thirty pieces of silver reminds us that “selling out” is not a new phenomenon. Promises broken, loyalties betrayed, principles abandoned — these are not the inventions…

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