am I to make of Judas Iscariot?
chosen him to be among your twelve
most trusted companions.
You with a kiss,
gave You over to torture and certain death for 30 pieces
know that over the years artists have pictured Judas
as having red hair, which
is seen in every nationality, but always
as an exception in a minority of people.
intent was, of course, to make Judas an "other,"
distancing him from most of us.
so, we breathe a sigh of relief:
We are not traitors: We are better than him.
But meditating seriously on Judas does force us to think
of our own loyalty, or lack thereof, to our friends,
or even family. Might we desert them in their hour of
Have we not all acted at some time
in the manner of Judas, not leading someone to death,
not collecting 30 pieces of silver, but perhaps savaging
a reputation behind
a "friend's" back, or standing in in the way
of another's success or happiness?
are none of us innocent.
beg you Lord, help me always to stand up for my companions,
deal with them honestly,
and be always Your Own loving loyal friend.
more could I want than this, my Jesus.
2013 - Donn B. Murphy
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