In today’s daily office lectionary reading Mark describes “a great multitude” and “great numbers” from all around the region following Jesus. You can imagine, in the days before the kind health care we’ve come to take for granted, news of Jesus’ healings would have spread like wildfire.
It’s interesting, too, that when the apostles are named, Judas “the one who betrayed him” is listed. What a legacy, to have your name stained with this label for treachery for thousands of years. Don’t you wonder if there wasn’t something more to this story than that Judas merely led the authorities to Jesus’ location? It wasn’t like he was hiding. Lots of people had to know where he was hanging out. I wonder what Judas did and why it was so important for the church to soil his name and memory forever.