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. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”
The Woman Who Cut Judas Down by Nicelle Davis
had lost her son. This body strung from a branch could be anyone-- even hers. She climbed the tree to chew through the rope and bring down the stopped heart that had grown within her.
On the ground she gathered him to her-- whole self shaking as a baptism worked its way out from in her words beyond human articulation-- fever and a cry mistaken for pain.
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