Friday, March 15, 2024

"The Giver and the Taker"

 A-Poem-a-Day Until Resurrection Day

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Jesus gave Judas Iscariot the opportunity

or should I say the privilege

of becoming one of His twelve apostles


gave him an important responsibility

of being the treasurer of their group

and keeper of the moneybag

even though it was no secret

Judas helped himself to some coins

from time to time


Jesus gave Judas example—

Personifying love, Jesus

ministered to His followers

taught the Beatitudes and how to pray

He raised the dead and fed the multitudes

before the apostle’s very eyes


At the same time Satan was wooing Judas

cunningly whispering in his ear

planting seeds of deception

so when the chief priests and elders

offered thirty pieces of gleaming silver

for Judas to turn Jesus over to them

his avarice was satisfied


At the Passover meal

Jesus humbly washed the apostle’s feet

and gave him a dipped morsel of bread

from His very own hand


Judas took it all

and took Satan into himself, as well

Their diabolical worst was wrought


That evening, in the Garden of Gethsemane

following Jesus’ great travail

Judas appeared with a Roman cohort

He directed them to seize

the person he would approach and kiss


then he stepped forward

called Jesus, Rabbi

and with a kiss, betrayed Him


Oh! It certainly would’ve been better for Judas

had he not been born


Maude Carolan Pych

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