Did Judas Iscariot Perform Miracles?

Church tradition is not clear as to whether or not Judas Iscariot, one of the original twelve disciples and betrayer of Jesus, performed miracles.

In today’s Liturgy, reference is made in both the Old and New Testament readings, regarding two notorious bad guys.

First, check out a blessing the people of Egypt can enjoy through the villain Pharaoh in Genesis 41.

When hunger came to be felt throughout the land of Egypt and the people cried to Pharaoh for bread,
Pharaoh directed all the Egyptians to go to Joseph
and do whatever he told them.

When the famine had spread throughout the land,
Joseph opened all the cities that had grain
and rationed it to the Egyptians,
since the famine had gripped the land of Egypt

This Pharoah was smart enough to know that Joseph was a man of God.

During a time he was having seriously scary dreams, Joseph was introduced to the Pharoah and he successfully interpreted them.

The promotion of Joseph to second in command, was a political move that paid off well for Pharoah.

In today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 10, the Scriptures carefully introduce us to all twelve disciples.

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the Twelve Apostles are these:
first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew;
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew,
Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot
who betrayed Jesus.

What’s interesting about this passage, we see that Jesus gave all twelve disciples the authority to drive out demons and cure disease.

We can say for sure that Judas had the power, but we cannot tell that he ever used it.

My theory is, he did perform miracles.

Yet, because his motivation was political, i.e. to advance his own cause, not that of the Kingdom’s, like Pharoah, he only channeled what he knew to be Truth, but never became one with it, or submitted to it.

We must constantly examine our own motives.

Do we submit to the Kingdom so that our friends and family can have more material wealth?

Do we do it for power and prestige among certain sects within society?

If so, God have mercy on us all.

I know I’m guilty of occasionally trying to use God instead of allowing Him to use me.

Forgive me Lord.

Thank You for reminding us how those close to You, with all the authority of a Prophet or an Apostle, can still be so very far away.

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