Today, Judas betrays Jesus and in exchange receives 30 pieces of silver. While it is easy to think of times when we have been betrayed, too often we are not aware of the ways we betray others.

When we gossip, when we lie, when we cheat, when we take advantage of others, when we steal, when we do any of these things that fail to show love to others—that is betrayal. The temporary relief or enjoyment or success or fun that we gain—these are our own 30 pieces of silver.

Who do my actions identify me with more: Judas Iscariot or Jesus Christ? Lord, help us to recognize that we are sinful, but we can choose to live more like Christ each day.

Connor Walters is a communications coordinator at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He also coaches rowing and co-moderates the Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry to the Homeless.