Sunday, March 28, 2010
Judas and Jesus
Today is Palm Sunday and I will speak about the role Judas plays in the great drama which begins with the parade into Jerusalem and concludes with Good Friday. He is, of course, the betrayer of Jesus and has been reviled through the centuries for his treachery.
In preparation I read a relatively recently published book by Susan Gubar called Judas: A Biography. She willingly admits that there is little in the New Testament about Judas as a fully realized human being and only 22 references in all. Still, she offers a fascinating look at the man who is portrayed as a villain for most of church history but is given a more sympathetic treatment by a few. An African American poet, George Marion McClellan wrote a poem called The Feet of Judas with the stanza
If we have ever felt the wrong,
of trampled right, of cast, it matters not.
What e'er the soul has felt or suffered long,
Oh, heart! This one thing should not be forgot:
Christ washed the feet of Judas!
What is your impression of Judas? Villain? Misunderstood? Do we concede that there is a bit of Judas in all of us?