Mark 14: 43-46
Suddenly, while Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, came with a mob carrying swords and clubs. They had been sent by the chief priests, legal experts, and elders. 44 His betrayer had given them a sign: “Arrest the man I kiss, and take him away under guard.”As soon as he got there, Judas said to Jesus, “Rabbi!” Then he kissed him. Then they came and grabbed Jesus and arrested him.
Lord, grant us the courage of our convictions that our lives may faithfully reflect that good news you bring.
The central image in this Mandala is the lips that betrayed Jesus. But they are made up of thorny vines and the words Judas uttered. Like in many of these mandalas the trinity sign is in
the middle signifying that despite all the suffering and betrayal, the god-head is still central and present to everything in this world. We see thirty pieces of silver surrounding the interaction of Judas betraying Jesus with a kiss, and the coins are dripping with blood. We can see dark soldiers waiting in the wings to take Jesus. We can also see one of the disciples peering from behind a tree. In the middle of the tree is the noose, foreshadowing the terrible demise Judas chose for himself. It turns into a rose, seemingly desirable like his actions first seemed, but in reality it is blood red in color, and sharp with thorns, like the regret he experiences. Near the perimeter we see someone being stabbed in the back, and we see the bread being broken and blood shed for the last supper, in which Jesus said, the one who dips his hand in the cup with me will betray me (signifying Judas). But immediately after that he describes how this bread and blood can rescue every single one of them from the dark. A dove shot through the heart, with a broken wing just below the dipped communion bread symbolizes Jesus' pure body being broken and about to pour onto the spears of the ones who took him.