Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Apostle Who Wanted Too Much

When we hear others say, "so-and-so is 'a Judas'", we know that means 'a traitor', like Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Christ. But why did he do that? 

If you ask that question, a million to one the answer is he was greedy for money. He loved money. And after all, he carried 'the purse'' for Christ and the apostles, and that's proof he was greedy for money, and that's that; end of discussion. But is there more to it?

Even though he is thought to be greedy for money, Judas must have been good at managing it; and he must have been trustworthy, at least at first, or he wouldn't have been chosen out of the twelve for that position. 

Some might say what he did was all in God's Plan, since without it there would have been no death on the Cross and thus, no Resurrection. And yet, even if he hadn't been in the picture, the Jewish authorities were out to get rid of Christ, just the same. So Judas was not God's robot; he used his free will. 

Most of what we know about Judas is in the New Testament. Other than that, background information on him is scant. But what we have might be somewhat telling. He was born in Kerioth, a city of Judah, unlike the other eleven apostles who were all Galileans. He was the odd one in. 

Perhaps he felt uncomfortable; felt out of place; and because of that, maybe he decided to make a name for himself among the apostles. Or maybe he was a vicious opportunist with no sympathy for others; or maybe both; or maybe all of that and more. That would seem to be the case since the Evangelists, especially the Apostle St. John, paint him blacker than black. 

According to the Gospels, Judas had an indignant attitude and lacked appreciation for displays of gratitude, as depicted in the account of the oil anointing of Christ by Mary of Bethany. St. John quotes Judas as saying 'Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?'  

Some might opine that it was after the anointing that Judas suddenly decided to come up with a plan; so maybe he only acted indignant. Others might suppose that by then, he already had long negotiations with the chief priests.  

Either way or both, what he said about the oil was not because he cared for the poor; not by a long shot. But rather, in my opinion, it was because events weren't heading in the direction he wanted. So which direction was that?
He wanted money and, of course, knew he'd be coming into 30 pieces of silver, at least. But he really wanted large amounts. He wanted a fortune; and we know, he knew Christ restored sight, healed incurable diseases, and raised the dead. 

So maybe he thought the masses could be made to pay for services. He wanted fame and prestige, as well; and he wanted to rule a new type of empire. 

In my opinion, Judas saw Christ as 'the winning lottery ticket'. He was greedy for money, yes; and he was greedy for power and control. So in the garden, when Christ didn't use His power to strike down the arresting mob, Judas finally got the idea, all too late. Just some thoughts.

May our readers have a blessed and glorious Resurrection celebration. 
Happy Easter!  He is Risen. 

Tina Irene Williams

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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Prepare the Soul

Luke 12:19-21 Then I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry."' 20"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?' 21"So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

I woke up to these words this morning 'prepare the soul'.

I ask how? How does one prepare the soul? What is involved in the preparation?
Is it a do it yourself project? 
Who do we need to support us in the process?

I walked a labyrinth yesterday.
The leader said our focus was Jesus' walk to the cross. His mission is to bring love to us.
The center of the labyrinth represented for us the foot of the cross and we were to ask a yes or no question. Then take the answer out with us as we walked out of the labyrinth.

I started the walk thinking about Jesus walking with the cross and being ridiculed and spat on along the way so he could bring love to us. What a contradiction! He was walking in love and we were beating the crap out of him.

How do I respond to love in my life?
How am I love in my life?

Then my thoughts turned to the bricks used to create the labyrinth. 
My dad was a mason. Brick his medium. I thought about him laying the brick. I wondered why some bricks are smaller than others. What purpose does that serve the design.

How do I serve those in my life?
As others passed me on the walk, I gave them blessings.

When I got to the center I was concerned about how we would all fit so I moved to one side with they hope the others took that as a sign to stand by my side. Once we were all settled the word peace came to mind. I asked as I walked out of the labyrinth how I can bring peace into my life.

Holy week is here.
We've all been on the walk of lent over the past month and a half.

To prepare our souls.

What has your walk been like?
What words come up for you?

Share with us so we can learn from your experience.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Quotes, Books, Sites, Oh My


It is the highest compliment when someone says they believe in you. Be inspiring by telling someone you believe in them. Barbara Monahan

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear isthat we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 
 Marianne WilliamsonA Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

“In every community, there is work to be done.
In every nation, there are wounds to heal.
In every heart, there is the power to do it.”  
 Marianne Williamson

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” Pema Chodron

“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” Pema Chodron

Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin
The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
Psalms Now by Leslie F Brandt
Startled by God by Joe McHugh
The seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
Rebuilt by Michael White and Tom Corcoran
Oneness with all life by Eckhart Tolle
The Promise of a Pencil By Adam Braun
A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
When things fall apart by Pema Chodron
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Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Busy. The exchange of time for ________. (fill in the task)

Work /money
Cooking/ eating
Serving others
Praying / worship
All the above

I am learning God's timing is not our timing. His schedule is very different than our microwave moment, split second, got to get it done now way of living.

S        L      O       W     is how God works.

2 Peter 3:8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

And His way may lead us to give up, geez a thousand years! Sometimes before getting started because something else gets our attention and draws us away from what is important, what HE calls us to do.

But God's will is elusive. Or is it? His will is written in the pages of the Bible. It is our to do list. It is the place to find out how to live life. The instruction manual.

In the picture at the top of this post, when we choose to go to the internet instead of what we are called to do, look for scripture to help solve the task at hand. It will provide the way.