Thirty


rain (transitive verb)
1: to pour down
2: to give or administer abundantly <rained blows on his head>


He hung from a knotted rope, the tree branch bowing with the weight.  Silver coins littered the ground before him, glittering like stars where stars shouldn't be.  He made it rain, promptly before, the coins coming down and cratering around him.  He never understood why the Master sat with them, when he stooped low enough to dine with the whores of Jerusalem.  He was supposed to be a king.  It wasn't until he was struggling for air, neck not quite snapped, when he realized he was one of them.  Thirty pieces, the price of a single kiss. Thirty pieces, save one, all littered around him, a funeral offering.  The last he kept in his hand, and even as he fought to loosen the rope, as he fought to take back his life and run to the place of skulls and beg to take it back, he couldn’t let it go.  When the found him, stinking and sagging, they peeled it from his fingers and bought bread for their children, never wondering what it was like to know heaven and choose hell.


I have a soft spot in my heart for Judas.  Maybe it's the million and eight times I've seen Jesus Christ Superstar, but I feel for him.  I don't think he understood what he was doing, the magnitude of his actions.  I was really struck by a quote from Father Dwight Longnecker's facebook page

Priest to first holy communion children: "Where did Jesus go after he died and before he rose again?"

Little boy after much thought, "I think he went down to the deepest, darkest corner of hell to look for his friend Judas."


Also, this is probably the greatest prompt in the history of all time.

Happy Monday!

33 comments:

  1. Nice use of the prompt.
    I do love that little boy's answer to the Priest's question, it is to my mind exactly what Jesus would do.

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    1. I agree. That quote will stay with me for a long time.

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  2. Poor Judas. Someone had to be the bad guy, and he was unlucky enough to draw the short straw. Great piece!

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  3. A real tour de force of writing and literary achievement. I may not be a Christian but that piece was really a triumph of reasoning as well as great read.

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    1. Ahhh thank you! What a wonderful compliment.

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  4. My comment disappeared...terrible...maybe not..will see.

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    1. I had to start moderating due to an increase in spambot activity, so the process of commenting is a two stepper now. I appreciate you stopping by!

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  5. Loved it. Just sad long comment was lost. Happens with google I notice.

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    1. It's there! (And one of the best comments I've ever gotten)

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  6. That last line has so much power.

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  7. This is a pretty intense piece. And I love the accompanying quote. (:

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  8. To know heaven and choose hell is such an excellent turn of phrase!

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  9. A stunning write and a wonderful read - thank you!

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    1. No- thank you for coming by and reading!

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  10. Wow, this was great! I think if we're honest with ourselves, we'd see we can be a bit like Judas.

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    1. I totally agree. I identify with him more so than the other apostles because he walked away, he turned his back on Christ. I think we are all prone that that, in big and small ways.

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  11. This is the second entry that I've read during this easter trying to understand Judas. The other one was on dVerse... great work. Reminds me of books I have read trying to look deeper into Barabas...

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    1. I love sinking deeper into the supposed minds of historical and biblical characters. It's so interesting trying to see who they are.

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  12. "Glittering like stars where stars shouldn't be" -- excellent! Love the mood of this

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  13. I'm glad you enjoyed the prompt, and I'm impressed with what you managed to do with it. I don't think any of us expected a religious piece coming from an Urban Dictionary prompt. This is lovely.

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    1. I didn't expect it either, :P it just sort of happened! Thank you so much for all you do!

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  14. Great insight from a child's heart - many would say that I Peter 3 seems to agree with such a possibility.

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    1. I would hope so. I've always wanted the best for Judas, and I think Christ does too. He was one of his chosen for a reason.

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  15. I was so moved by this. How many people find themselves in similar situations where they realized something too late - or in just enough time to realized that they cannot fight against who they are. The quote at the end is not one I'll ever forget.

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