[Judas] did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. John 12:6 (NLT)
When you live in community with others it’s not your words that make a difference in the what others think and say about you – it’s your actions. For three years Judas was right there among Jesus’ inner circle. He heard the same messages as the other eleven followers, he saw the same miracles they did, and went on the same pilgrimages with them. I’m sure Judas talked a good game, but what John remembered was Judas’ selfishness, hypocrisy and the fact that he pilfered money for himself from the corporate accounts.
Today, I’m thinking about those with whom I live in community. I’m thinking about what they see in my actions and what it says about the person I am. I’m praying that I can increasingly bring my faith, my words, and my actions in harmony so that every moment of my life exemplifies what I say I believe.