Monday, March 29, 2010

Cholmondeley: thirty pieces

Monday, March 29, 2010
    Commemoration of Jack Winslow, Missionary, Evangelist, 1974
    Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
    —Matthew 26:14-16 (NIV)
Still as of old
Men by themselves are priced—
For thirty pieces Judas sold
Himself, not Christ.
    ... Hester H. Cholmondeley (19th century), included in Masterpieces of Religious Verse, James Dalton Morrison, ed., New York: Harper & Bros., 1948, p. 302 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, extinguish that spirit within me that will sell You out for peer approval.
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