By the world’s standards, Judas Iscariot was a success: astute with money, albeit at times deviously so and, he had good political contacts. Unfortunately, the more he manipulated people black became white in his heart and he ended up shafting the very person who could have saved him – Jesus. In all our busyness it is good to consider when our personal standards whether moral, political or spiritual are frail. We can give thanks that God is always ready to forgive and to receive our heartfelt pleas for strength.



O God, our helper and defender,

deliver us in our weakness,

answer our longings

and vindicate our faith,

that we may see your glory

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.