Monday, March 13
While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.” At once he came up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
Recently I inquired about the magnificent stained glass window in the back of the church that depicts the Last Supper with Jesus at the table surrounded by his disciples. I noticed the only disciple whose attention was turned away from the meal was that of Judas. For me this image of avoidance brought a feeling of deceit and gloom against what most would consider to be a beautiful work of art.
In addition to art, the ugly act of deceit can be portrayed through action as with the case of the kiss from Judas onto Jesus.
Often times our quest for truth and love can get blurred or disrupted by various acts of deceit that are masked with forms of beauty such as a kiss or a window. As Christians we must continue to pursue truth and love in our everyday lives and yet we must also be aware of the evil and falsehoods that lurk within beauty.
Continue the quest for love and truth while being conscious of those who seek to harm the oppressed, and as always continue to love thy enemy.