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“While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!””
Queries: Thinking about betrayal and surrender:
- What are different ways of thinking about Judas’ betrayal you’ve heard of in the past?
- Who else in this text might feel betrayed?
- How might surrender be understood in this passage?
- Who is surrendering and to whom?
- How many different interventions can you count happening in this text?
- Take a look at the other Gospel passages that deal with this scene, what is similar and what is different about them?