I just finished reading all four gospels for the first time. Even though I grew up attending mass weekly, this is the first time (at least in my flawed memory) that I have heard of the disciple whom Jesus loved or the beloved disciple.
Who is this disciple? I didn’t realize until I did a few internet searches last night that the question of the identity of this disciple has been under discussion for quite some time, but I always love a good mystery so I have decided to join the scholars in their discussion despite my lack of in depth knowledge. Below are my initial thoughts.
Jesus gives the most love where the most love is needed. Jesus will leave 99 sheep grazing in order to search for 1 lost sheep.
Jesus chose his disciples and he knew all of their fates. He knew they would be hated, despised, persecuted for following Him. He knew most of them would be killed for spreading His message. Jesus loved them all, but of the twelve who needed the most love?
Matthew 26:24 – “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
I think Judas Iscariot needed the most love from Jesus in order to survive the self hatred that he would inflict on himself following the betrayal and to survive the centuries of hatred and persecution aimed at him from people all over the world.
Jesus thank you for loving Judas Iscariot so much. I have a feeling that he may be Your beloved disciple. Please help us to remember that we do not know the whole story and that we do not need to know the whole story, but we must love as You love.
Please help me to love Judas Iscariot as you love him.