Judas Tree

Was talking to Bishop Alan this morning about my meditations that I’ve been doing at Compline. On Spy Wednesday we shall be focusing on Judas. Bishop Alan told me of a poem by Ruth Etchells which might fit. Google found it for me…

In Hell there grew a Judas Tree
Where Judas hanged and died
because he could not bear to see
his master crucified
Our Lord descended into Hell
and found his Judas there
for ever hanging on the tree
grown from his own despair
so Jesus cut his Judas down
and took him in his arms
“It was for this I came” he said
“and not to do you harm
my Father gave me twelve good men
and all of them I kept
though one betrayed and one denied
some fled and others slept
in three days’ time I must return
to make the others glad
but first I had to come to Hell
and share the death you had
my tree will grow in place of yours
its roots lie here as well
there is no final victory
without this soul from Hell”
So when we all condemned him
as of every traitor worst
remember that of all his men
Our Lord forgave him first

D Ruth Etchells

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