Holy kiss, unholy kiss

Jesus turned things around. He was a mover. Not a radical Jew, but a Jew who loved his faith, and because of this love, wanted to help it to evolve. Maybe , revolve. In that sense, I am a revolutionary.

When Judas hands Jesus over to the soldiers, when he exposes the true sociopathy of betrayal of the one we love, he told the soldiers , “the one I will kiss is the one.” The signal of betrayal was a kiss. In the same way that most rapists are known to their victims , we know our betrayers most intimately. Possibly, they could not betray us otherwise.
But then, in the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians, Paul writes, “greet one another with a holy kiss.” If this had been spoken, instead of written, the emphasis would be on the “holy” to remind us of the unholy kiss that started this whole thing. And to remind us that things must change.
The rest of the passage says, “mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
This is the new testament. The new kiss.

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