WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE FOR UNITY AND JOY?
10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to give him over to them. 11 When they heard it, they rejoiced, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to give him up.
unity and joy
Mark contrasts the discord and criticism over the woman’s expensive gift in the previous passage with the unity and joy the priests felt when they discovered the betrayal of Judas. Unity and joy are two prized attributes for the believer, but they can never be bought at this expense. When we buy unity and joy at the expense of integrity and the real Jesus, we have gone too far.
LORD, show us how to be together without defecting from you, and to find our joy in your presence, not your betrayal.