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I've been thinking this week of Judas as a good friend to Jesus, perhaps someone who wanted him to do more faster better larger quicker--and in his longing desperation seized upon this "betrayal" to force Jesus' hand as it were, to make him be to the whole world whom in his heart to be. Possibiy it never occurred to him that Jesus would not act along the lines Judas had in mind--and his heart was broken both for what would happen to Jedus and for having to face that he had so little understanding of the one he had love with all his heart. I think we make Judas a despicable and unique "other" at our peril. Who knows what God's loving has done with him? Perhaps he has become that chastened and compassionate person who does good wherever he goes yet always carries an air of sadness.