Judas the Apostle. You might be surprised at the people who don’t realize that Judas was an Apostle of Christ. He is only thought of as the traitor. He was certainly that but what else? The Gospels say that five disciples were chosen first, two sets of brothers and one other. As I interpret the Gospels, at a point in time Jesus chose the “Twelve” from his disciples and designated them as the Apostles. All were designated at the same time. This begs the question of whether these Twelve by their acts, faith or some other standard in some way “earned” the appellation of Apostle. Judas was among the Twelve.
Judas might have been a very early disciple, perhaps as early as the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. If so, he was with Christ’s ministry most of its three-year span. Judas was appointed as the treasurer of the ministry. He carried the purse, according to the Gospel of St. John. If we think through this it must mean that Judas understood money. He was responsible for collecting the donations, providing for the poor and supplies for the ministry. He must have known his numbers and may well have been literate. He was different from the other Apostles who were all Galileans.
These are just a few of the revelations that Cloe, J.E. and the Monsignor must come to grips with as they try to solve the mystery of the two thousand-year old relic bearing the name Judas Iscariot.