Judas and Jesus
by Fr. Jack McArdle with Aneel Aranha
"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
There is a story told about Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting of the Last Supper. He searched far and wide for what he considered to be an ideal model for each person in the painting. He began with a fine-looking young man, full of life, and very anchored, and chose him as a perfect model for Jesus. He followed with other models for each of the apostles. Naturally, the work took several years.
He left Judas till last, because he was having a problem finding someone who could represent him. Finally, he came across a bum, who was sleeping rough, who had all the appearances of being untrustworthy, and, like Judas, would probably sell his soul if it brought him some money. Leonardo approached the man and persuaded him to come to his studio.
While the work was in progress, both men came to the same realisation. This man had been in this studio before, representing Jesus. He had gone astray, lost his way, and was now on Skid Row. It was a very great shock to da Vinci, and a moment of conversion for the man.
When Jesus called on people to turn from their sins, he also asked some of them to follow him. They were to become his pupils, people who would absorb his Spirit, and continue his work, when he went back home to the Father. Are you one of them?
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