Station Two: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested
Jacques-Louis Gautier, Mephistopheles
Mark 14: 43-46
Then, while [Jesus] was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. His betrayer had arranged a signal with them, saying, "the man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him and lead him away securely." He came and immediately went over to him and said, "Rabbi." And he kissed him. At this they laid hands on him and arrested him.
Sister Mary Priniski, OP | Executive Director, Aquinas Center of Theology, Emory University
My friend, my teacher, Jesus has been arrested. And it was my doing. Can I say, “The devil made me do it?” If only Jesus had listened to me, he would have made better choices and would not have pushed me into handing him over. But now he is gone. What will I do now? To whom shall I go? He alone had the words of eternal life!
(Mephistopheles: achieves tragic grandeur as a fallen angel, torn between satanic pride and dark despair.)