Judas Betrays Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, for some money. Arguably the most famous betrayal of all time.
What flashed across my mind, was Judas’ brutal materialism, and the lack of satisfaction it gave him. He topped himself a few hours later.
It’s particularly poignant in this part of Germany—completely unaffected by the war (the rest of Germany was pretty much destroyed)—and wealth flows like a river.
The Western philosophy of consumerism equates possessions and money with happiness and self fulfillment.
But most people have an expression of utter misery on their faces.
Still, most of us would chose to be miserable millionaire than a miserable pauper. Helps pay the bills.
The image is a slightly enhanced wood carving found on the door of Constance Roman Catholic Cathedral, Germany.
What is also interesting, to me, was the portrayal of Jesus.
Jesus has often been portrayed Jesus as a white Anglo-Saxon—long hair and goatee beard. It seems the enduring image of Jesus in the West, to the point of caricature.
This wood carving offers a different physical depiction, although it’s interpretation seems artistic more than literal. .
As we know, the official gospels themselves give no physical description, they focus on Jesus’ words, actions and interactions.