Thursday 2020: Betrayal

“One of you,” he said, “will betray me,”

and each of them immediately

beset his soul with cross-examination,

face afire with a thousand slights,

deft denials and sleight of conscience,

self-deception well practised since

the first temptation in the Garden

from which their humanity

was driven out by angels

holding flaming swords


Also from today’s Daily Office readings:

What can I liken you to, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? For vast as the sea is your ruin; who can restore you? Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles false and misleading. – from Lamentations 2:10-18

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020). She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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