Saturday, July 1, 2017

Is It With A Kiss?

Jesus came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”
While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. Luke 22:39-51

With A Kiss

We make nice and talk nice
behind their back jealousy rises
we plot and plan and dream
evil turns our hearts to stone.

Deep in self doubt and confusion
we see the ones who are happy
the ones who are deeply in love
our anger consumes us like fire.

We are all the possible Judas
we are all capable of selling out
we are all able to let fear and anger
define how broken life will be.

Love can turn our broken dreams
into places of forgiveness and renewal
life beginning over and over again
one sacrifice for all to destroy our evil.

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