Wednesday, April 4 ::: Sought to Betray

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Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Matthew 26:14-16

audio : Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars (2011)

image :  Crows in Winter, N.C. Wyeth (1941)

Our Lord subjected His might, and they seized Him,
so that through His living death, He might give life to Adam.
He gave His hands to be pierced by nails
to make up for the hand which plucked the fruit.
He was struck on his cheek in the judgment room
to make up for the mouth that ate in Eden.
And while Adam’s foot was free, His feet were pierced.
Our Lord was stripped that we might be clothed.
With the gall and vinegar he sweetened
the poison of the serpent which had bitten men. 

Ephraim of Syria, 4th century

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