Peter and Judas

March 28, 2019

It is interesting to make a comparison between Peter and Judas. Our Lord warned both that they would fail. They both failed. They both denied or betrayed the Lord. They both repented. But the difference in the word repent is that Judas repented unto himself and Peter repented unto the Lord. They were the same up to that point. St. Paul, therefore, says there were two kinds of sorrow, the sorrow of the world and the sorrow of true faith. Judas no longer had any hope, having refused to return to the Savior. He took a rope and went out to some rocky ground, we know not where it was. He walked over the rocky ground, and those rocks seemed just as hard and cruel as his own heart, and the limb of every tree seemed like a pointing finger. Traitor, traitor, traitor. And the knot in every tree seemed like an accusing eye. And he hanged himself. And as the Acts of the Apostles tells us, 'His bowels burst asunder.' And he went to his own place. That is all.