47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: ‘The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.’ 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him.
Betrayed with a kiss. What a paradoxical and powerful image, the bringing together of two acts that shouldn’t rightly be together. How could Judus do that? I wouldn’t. We might all say this, and mean it, but I wonder how often we’ve said something whilst thinking of the complete opposite, claimed to follow Jesus whilst living self-centred lives, or claimed to be a friend whilst putting ourselves first. The charge of hypocrisy was one of Jesus strongest criticisms of the religious institutions of his day. Let’s try not to fell foul of this but live lives of integrity.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Jesus.
(Adapted from Psalm 19:14)