There is nothing for us to fear except refusing God’s mercy. When our Lord foretells His own betrayal, it is because He still loves Judas. It’s as if Jesus is saying, “I already know what you are planning to do; I know your problems, your evil intentions, your secret sins. Yet still I am here with you. Since I already know, why continue in this way? It is not too late.” And when the others heard the prediction, instead of becoming defensive and proud, they might have said: “Don’t let it be me! Lord, by your mercy sustain me! Give me your grace, Jesus, I love you!”
Judas’ final betrayal was to refuse God’s mercy, to collapse in on himself in despair. If we turn frequently to Jesus asking for His mercy and for the grace to persevere, we have nothing to fear.
God, you willed Your son to submit to the cross so you might drive from me the power of the enemy, allow me to attain this grace despite the many times I betray you, willingly and unknown, throughout my day.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10
Thank you, Lord, for making me see the need for Your mercy. You know everything about me before I do, and I have nothing to fear.