“So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.” John 13:30
John’s imagery is always so clear. When we leave Him we enter into darkness, when we cling to Him we remain in the light. But what were Judas’ intentions? Had he convinced himself that what he was doing was good?
The movie Jesus of Nazareth portrays a Judas who wants to see Jesus’ ideas and philosophies advanced. He knows he is going behind Jesus’ back, he knows there is treachery involved, but he has convinced himself this is the only way for Jesus’ message to get out. It is a sympathetic portrayal, and one that should cause all of us to meditate on how we allow Jesus to shape us. Do we cling to abstractions of Jesus and His message? Do we reduce Him to an impersonal intellectual morsel?
Yes, the teachings of Christ are Truth, and we must always strive to live it and teach it. But Jesus is more than just an idea, He is body, blood, soul and divinity. His Word is not tidbits of wise sayings, it is living with power to transform you. We cannot evangelize the world if Jesus is just an abstract morsel of goodness, we must have a relationship with Him, then we remain in His light and let Him live in us and breath through us, to draw all mankind to Himself.
Close your eyes and lay your head on His chest and listen to His beating heart. Remain in His light always!
Blessed Holy Week to you all!
Greetings to all who love to wander along the paths of the Holy Scriptures! The purpose of this blog is to share some of the insights of ordinary Catholics who have begun to delve into the mysteries of the Sacred Scriptures. Hopefully you will find these reflections inspiring and insightful. We are faithful to the Church, but we are not theologians; we intend and trust that our individual reflections will remain within the inspired traditions of the Church. (If you note otherwise please let me know!) Discussion and comments are welcome, but always in charity and respect! Come and join us as we ponder the Sacred Scriptures, which will lead us on the path into His heart, which "God alone has traced" Job 28:23.