Burying the Dead

It’s Spy Wednesday, which is a term that I’ve heard occasionally through the years but never really focused on  until today.  Today is when we remember the betrayal of Judas.  I find it interesting that the straw that broke the Judas’ back seems to have been an extravagant and apparently meaningless gift to Jesus via the woman with the alabaster jar.  Oh, the things we’ll do for money, saying we want it for “the poor” when really we just mean ourselves. 

I’ve heard Judas called the first bishop gone bad.  What amazes me is that, unless I have this wrong, Judas made up his mind a day before his ordination to betray Jesus.  Jesus knew this.  Jesus… ordained him anyway? What the what?  It’s a reminder that it doesn’t matter how much sacramental grace Christ dumps on your heart; if your heart’s not open, you won’t catch a drop of it.  We must participate in grace, with grace, and through grace.  There is no other way to The Way. 

Today we finished our Corporal Works of Mercy by actually burying the dead.  The father of middle child’s godmother passed away, and today was his funeral.  I did not debrief the kids much on the experience.  I probably should have, but I kinda whimped out and hoped that the experience would speak to them more than words could have.  All I really did was, when it was our turn to say goodbye at the casket, lead them in saying, “Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.  May the divine assistance remain with us always, and may the souls of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace, amen.”  That’s probably the next set of prayers to teach. 

The funeral luncheon was so filling, and the running around afterwards was so extensive, that we just ended up picking up hoagies and such for our dinner.  No recipe tonight.  Please pray for my friend’s dad, her family & his loved ones.

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About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

2 Responses to Burying the Dead

  1. Margaret Rose Realy, MA, CGG says:

    I have often pondered Judas’ situation. Somehow in my mind he could not have done otherwise. God employed two significant humans whom he knew would fulfill his prophetic words: the Virgin Mary and Judas. The incarnation was essential, the sacrifice imminent. Judas was compelled to do what he did. He was as significant to take Jesus out of the world as Mary was to bring him in. Mary could have been no less than the mother of God, delivering the Christ to earth. And Judas no less than the man who turned the feet of Jesus back to God, returning the Christ to eternity. These two humans were in my mind equally essential to the Resurrection. I have a few more questions for God once I get home…

    • I see what you’re saying, but I’m worried there’s no room for free will in there. Just like Mary was given the chance to say no, and instead she gave her fiat, Judas had his chances to convert, but instead he betrayed. I see God’s permissive will here. His perfect will, however, is a mystery to us all.

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