The Galilean disciples’ unfamiliarity with Judas would have aided and abetted him in his deception. Having already taken money to betray Christ, Judas came back, blended into the group and pretended nothing unusual had happened.
Category: Understandding Scripture
How Slightly We Know Jude & The Zealot & Little James / Spiritual Meditations
Little is known about these 3 apostles but their testimony to the Gospel was as powerful and as far reaching as that of the better known and more outspoken disciples.
Apostle Thomas – Pessimist, Lover or Doubter? / Spiritual Meditations
He may have had his doubts about Jesus’ resurrection, as did the other 11, but St. Thomas, evangelist to India, had great redeeming qualities.
Apostle Matthew Banned from Synagogue/Spiritual Meditations
As a tax collector, Matthew had effectively cut himself off not only from his own people, but also from God.
Apostle Nathanael – the Candid One / Spiritual Meditations
Nathanael’s (Bartholomew) mind was tainted by a degree of prejudice against Nazareth, but his heart was guileless.
Apostle Philip – the Numbers Guy / Spiritual Meditations
Philip embraced Jesus as the Messiah from the beginning, yet even after seeing miracles and hearing Christ’s teaching for months, he missed the point that Jesus and God were of the same essence.
John the Apostle of Love / Spiritual Meditations
Because John, the Apostle of Love, outlived all the other apostles, he filled a unique and patriarchal roll in the early church that lasted nearly to the end of the 1st century and reached deep into Asia Minor. His personal influence was therefore indelibly stamped on the primitive church, well into the post-apostolic era.
James – Apostle of Passion / Spiritual Meditations
His family connections did not prevent James from being the first of the Apostles to be martyred.
Andrew – Apostle of Small Things / Spiritual Meditations
Of the four disciples in the inner circle, Andrew appears the least contentious and the most thoughtful. He lived his whole life in the shadow of Peter, and apparently accepted that role. He was poised and comfortable introducing people to Christ because he did it often.
Apostle Peter Becomes a Rock / Spiritual Meditations
Peter was exactly like most Christians—both carnal and spiritual. Sometimes he was Simon, the vacillating man, and sometimes he was Peter, the apostle molded by Jesus to be the leader of the Twelve.