The Judas Within

An interpretive study of the first, most-recognized man named Judas (Iscariot) written in biblical testament – and its relevance to the human struggle.

Most know the story of Judas. He was one of the chosen – who walked in the presence of Jesus Christ to learn his mission. As treasurer, he was in charge of the money. As thief, he took from the funds for personal gain. Ultimately willing to do whatever it took for a chance at more profit.

It’s easy to judge Judas but this is our struggle. An allegory of the danger of greed. The subtle grip that starts small, then magnifies. It pervades society in varying degrees and measures, infecting mindsets and beliefs. History can attest to the inhumanity that has flourished from the appetite of opportunity and personal gain. The want that never wants to end.

But,
What of ambition… The basic idea of wanting more in life is motivating. It drives us to reach our potential. Yet discipline is also key.

We must set parameters to differentiate ambition from greed.

Ambition is the drive that ignites progress. We discover our purpose, set goals and are determined to work hard to achieve them. We fail. Learn from our mistakes. Regroup. Gain momentum and (in time) reach success. The process increases our gratitude. And when we see others willing to work just as hard, we are inclined to help.

Greed is ambition-abused. It is the intense craving to get what we want. Our self-justification makes it right – even in the most obvious acts of imprudence. We want more satisfaction. And continue our push. Ultimately, discontentment leads to recklessness.

How do we determine our state?
THINK MOTIVE
•  When we don’t consider how the outcome will affect others…
•  When we don’t care what it takes to get what we want…

If the advantages are one-sided…
We are headed in the wrong direction and the struggle continues.

Patrick

Meaning:  Noble-man; Honorable; Chivalrous

The first most-noted Patrick was the Saint, whose day is observed around the world. He was kidnapped and sent to Ireland as a slave. And during this time of servitude he became a devout Christian. After six years – he escaped and was reunited with his family.

In the 5th century, Patrick returned to Ireland to serve as a missionary. The area had come out of the Dark Age and towns were mostly rural and dispersed. The political climate, unstable. War over territory was common.

Patrick was among the first saints to bring Christianity to the area. He pursued the countryside. And prepared each day with a prayer that has since become part of hymnal music.

THE BREASTPLATE (excerpt):

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven…

The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,

God’s shield to protect me…

St. Patrick’s Prayer (full version)

Other versions of the prayer exist, including the I Bind Unto Myself Today hymn.

Patrick impacted a nation and (eventually) the world. His ministry continued more than two decades and he is considered one of Ireland’s greatest heroes.

Anna

Meaning:  Favor; Grace; Eloquent; Fervent

The name Anna was first noted in biblical testament. She was a descendant of the Asher (or, Happy) Tribe and among the first evangelists. She kept an active lifestyle, served in the temple and spent her life in devotion to God.

Anna was at least eighty-four when she became part of history. Defying nearly every negative connotation about aging, she continued with FERVENCY – not allowing age to limit her purpose.

Don’t Limit Your Purpose

• Stay Active & Engaged
• Enjoy Life
• Be Grateful

Adapt to Change

• Exercise – Eat Healthy
• Sleep Well – Read More – Keep Learning

Anna inspires us all…
LIVE LONG AND STRONG


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Ann by Patricia Griffin