Friday, July 15, 2016

QUOTATION: On the Meaning of the Name 'Judas'


Judas means 'confessor.' Luke the Evangelist numbers both “Judas the son of James and Judas Iscariot” among the twelve apostles. Since two of Christ’s disciples were given this same name and since there can be no meaningless symbol in the Christian mystery, I am convinced that the two Judases represent two distinct types of confessing Christians. The first, symbolized by Judas the son of James, perseveres in remaining faithful to Christ. The second type, however, after once believing and professing faith in Christ, then abandons him out of greed. He defects to the heretics and to the false priests of the Jews, that is, to counterfeit Christians, and (insofar as he is able) delivers Christ, the 'Word of truth,' over to them to be crucified and destroyed. This type of Christian is represented by Judas Iscariot, who 'went out to the chief priests' and agreed on a price for betraying Christ.