Meditations for the Via Crucis - Third Station

Judas Iscariot betrays his Lord

Ta' Pinu Via Crucis

Reading from the Gospel according to Luke (Lk 22: 47-48)

When hewas still speaking, there came a crowd and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?’


The kiss, a sign of love, becomes a lie, a betrayal.
Judas, the chosen one, the disciple, now is a traitor.
Christ, the Lord, he whom the crowd follows, is now alone, abandoned, betrayed. Love not loved! Forsaken Love!


Mary, your name means ‘beloved by God, the chosen one!’
You do not know what betrayal means because your life was a life of love.
The story of Judas belongs to us, it is our story.
Remind us o Mary, that your Son Jesus
He who is very often betrayed and abandoned,
Will never abandon us...
Because: ‘’Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even though may she forget, yet I will not forget you’ (Is 49: 15).

Silence.....Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Blessed is the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus
O Lord have mercy on us and grant us forgiveness of our sins

We adore you O Christ and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.