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He missed the crown of immortality and the desirable honor of the apostleship. He missed to be numbered among the Twelve to whom Christ somewhere said, You are the light of the world. He did not care to be a light of the world. He forgot Christ, who says, You who have followed me in my temptations, when the Son of man shall sit upon the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Israel. Judas did not want to reign with Christ. What a confusion of error blinded the mind of that greedy man! The Evangelist says, Satan entered him  His pathway and door was the passion of greed. There is great gain in godliness with contentment. The sacred Scripture says, We neither brought anything into the world, nor can we carry anything out.  Those who seek to be rich, fall into numerous and unprofitable lusts, which sink people in pitfalls and destruction. The disciple who became a traitor is a clear proof of this, because he perished for the sake of a few miserable coins.

Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on Luke, Homily 140.10

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