The Judas Complex

Today, on the eve of Spy Wednesday, I read Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith's blog post entitled, 'Love and envy: exploring the psychology of Judas'.

It's a very good blog. Fr Lucie-Smith entertains the conflicting views on Judas. At school, Fr Lucie-Smith was taught a feel-good version that Judas become a saint because he handed back the 30 pieces of silver and did penance by hanging himself on a tree. 

Nowadays, Fr Lucie-Smith does not believe Judas became a saint. But he does caution us to see the warnings stamped all over Judas' woeful ending. 
In those far off schooldays, I learned another important thing: Judas had only to go to Jesus hanging on the Cross and say sorry, and he would have been forgiven. After all, Jesus forgave those who crucified Him, and He promised salvation to the Good Thief. But sorry is so often the hardest word, and for the want of it Judas was lost. In that too, he presents us with a terrible warning. 
I, too, hold that Judas 'presents us with a terrible warning'. We like to think of Judas as an isolated character, a lone wolf, that bears no resemblance to our very self. It's handy denial of the human condition. People often scream 'Judas' at others, but seldom is the time they apply the label to themselves. But the Judas Complex did not end with Judas, as everyone who has been betrayed knows well. For self-confidence preservation reason, we would hate to look in the mirror and call ourselves Judas, we like to point the finger at another person and call them Judas, but perhaps for the preservation of our eternal soul, we should look inside and see the Judas within, and say sorry in time.

Do pop over to The Catholic Herald and read the whole blog.


  1. I am wondering what "Spy Wednesday" is - I've never heard that term before. And it is interesting that anyone would teach that Judas was saved. I was taught that indeed he was condemned to Hell for the sin of despair. It was not just his unwillingness to say "sorry" but also his lack of trust in Our Lord, a lack of trust that God's forgiveness could be bigger than his sin.
    Blessings of the Triduum!

  2. Anonymous, after the priests promised to pay Judas, he began to spy to look for an opportunity to turn Jesus over to the authorities.

    I am unwilling to declare that he is in hell, since the Church in its charity will never declare anyone to be condemned. The Divine Mercy of Our Lord makes anyone and everyone capable of recv'ing His Mercy and Forgiveness. This is one of those things we won't know until we have entered the Kingdom.

    1. Jim thank you for your reply and the explanation of spy Wednesday.
      I agree that we may not know for sure of anyone in Hell, but the Collect on Maundy Thursday (Mass of the Last Supper, 1962 Missal) begins, "O God, from whom Judas received the punishment of his guilt, and the thief the reward of his confession: grant unto us....". So that does SEEM to imply that Judas is in Hell as we know that the good thief ("Dismas") is in Heaven.
      Wishing you all the Blessings and Joy of Easter!


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