Betrayal Is Everywhere, By: Fr. Mario Aloysius Prosper
One of the worst things we suffer in our world today is betrayal. Betrayal is an abandonment or violation of trust by someone close to you. Betrayal has gradually become the order of the day. Most times we are tempted to ask: “who do we trust?” do we trust our friends or our enemies? do we trust the unseen enemies? Should we trust the unfriendly enemies? Or are we to trust the friendly enemies?
Today we see a husband betrayed by his wife, wife betrayed by her husband. Siblings betray each other as a result of family conflict or even vain things. You discuss with a friend, the next minute the discussion is brought to light before an enemy. An employee who has suffered to serve an employer is denied promotion promised earlier. Lecturers deny students merited distinction even when they have said to the student “in so far as I remain in this institution you must graduate with first class.” A husband to-be abandons his wife to-be because of a more beautiful lady, a wife to-be abandon her husband to-be because of another rich young man. You let out a secret (like quarrel between you and your wife or husband) to a friend; the secret is brought to light for everyone who cares to see. A promise made to a child is easily broken by the parent (like if you come first in class I will buy you a bicycle etc.). Someone is a regular customer when he/she has no money, but when they have money at hand they check into other shops. Some come around you only when they benefit, when you cannot offer them anything they catapult.
Everyone suffers at least one bad betrayal or more in their lifetime. Hence, betrayal has been there ab initio. Delilah betrayed Sampson (Judges 16:18-20). Cain betrayed Abel (Gen. 4:8). Joseph the dreamer was betrayed by his brothers (Gen. 37:12-36). Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin in the Garden of Gethsemane by kissing him and addressing him as “Rabbi” to reveal his identity to the crowd who had come to arrest him (Matt. 26:15). The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies. The same people who rallied around Jesus on Palm Sunday sort for his crucifixion on Good Friday.
Most times what lead to betrayal are the feelings of insecurity, power tussle, insincerity, appealing to authority, poverty, spiritual dryness, sloth, lust, envy, dissension, anger, pride, racism, tribalism, prejudice, unnecessary quest (you can mention the rest).
In moment of betrayal do we die in anguish? No! That will be telling our betrayer ‘you have succeeded.’ Should we dwell in the past? No! It means we are not following the injunction and example of our Lord Jesus Christ. Should we retaliate amidst false accusations and betrayal? No! Leave everything into the hands of God just as Joseph did. If we have been betrayed by people around us, our first response should be, to run to Jesus who loves us, embraces us, cares for us, binds our wounds and consoles us. Lastly, only God can be trusted, human being may turn against us at any time. Hence, we have to be careful with those ‘friendly enemies’ who appear before us in the guise of friends but are real enemies.
MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD ENLIGHTEN OUR INNER MINDS THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD, AMEN.
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Mario Aloysius Prosper is a Reverend Father From Nigeria.