Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

Yesterday I mentioned that Judas participated in the First Eucharist. That was not the last time Christ encountered Judas. Remember the kiss in the garden? It was the last time Jesus before he rose from the dead that he was touched with gentleness. For the next 2000 years novels have been written including kisses in gardens. Kisses between lovers, clandestine kisses, kisses of farewell, kisses goodbye, and yes other kisses of betrayal. Judas’s kiss may be the most famous and memorable, but we know very little about why that method of identification was used. Why not a hug, a handshake, a pointed finger. Why a “kiss?”

I wonder about things like this. Am I missing something? Is there a subtlety or message that if I can only solve, all my questions will be answered? Why a “kiss?” I don’t have the answer, but I will not quit wondering. Lent is a time to ask such questions, because when I ask, I am communicating with God. During my questioning, I may not get the answer to the question I am asking, but I just might get another answer. That’s the nature of conversation with God.

Notes from a Traveler: We are in Little Rock staying with friends, visiting other friends and family. Computer problems continue, but are being worked around. Will give a full report tomorrow. W.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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