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Juda's fate and the tragedy of human nature - Part 2

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

Through the heart-wrenching journeys of Oedipus and Judas, we witness the essence of human nature, offering a profound reflection on our shared human destiny.

At the dawn of Christianity, the story of Judas unfolded, echoing the timeless tragedy of Oedipus. In Jerusalem's ancient streets, a Jewish man named Reuben and his wife Ciborea awaited the birth of their child. Amidst her pregnancy, Ciborea was haunted by a dream: her unborn child was destined to bring immense suffering upon the world. Fearful, they cast their infant into the sea within a box, reminiscent of Moses's own story. Fate intervened, and the sea's waves delivered the child to the shores of an island named Iscariot. Here, a childless queen took him in, raising him as her own. But when she eventually bore her own son, the differences in her love sparked envy and violence in Judas, leading to dire consequences that echoed his foretold destiny.

The streets of Jerusalem were teeming with life, a melting pot of cultures, faiths, and ambitions. Among its denizens, a man named Judas wandered, perhaps guided by destiny's invisible hand. Escaping the shadows of his past, he found himself amidst the stone corridors and echoing chambers of King Pilate's palace. Little did he know, the universe had an uncanny way of weaving stories, leading him to paths he could never have imagined.

One day, a seemingly inconspicuous task presented itself. King Pilate, in a moment of whimsy, longed for an apple from a neighboring courtyard. It was Judas, the trusted servant, who stepped forward to fulfill this royal whim. But as fate would have it, this apple wasn't just any apple. Its tree had roots that delved deep into Judas's past. As he reached for the fruit, he locked horns with its guardian, Reuben. Heated words turned to violent confrontation, and by the end, Judas, unaware, had bloodied his hands with the life of his own father.

King Pilate, ever appreciative of loyalty and perhaps oblivious to the gravity of the act, offered Judas a reward. This gift, however, was wrapped in layers of irony and heartache. Reuben's estate and the hand of his widow, Ciborea, were bequeathed to Judas. The very hands that took away Reuben's life were now intertwined in a marital bond with his wife. And so, under the same roof that once echoed with his infant cries, Judas found himself in union with his birth mother.

But Ciborea, with wisdom and grief etched into her face, recognized her son and the tragic tapestry of their shared fate. Hoping for solace and redemption, she turned to her faith. She introduced Judas to a charismatic figure whose teachings were echoing through Jerusalem's streets: Jesus Christ. Through this introduction, Ciborea sought to lead Judas back to light from the profound darkness that had engulfed their lives.

Thus, in the heart of Jerusalem, cosmic fate danced its cruel ballet, bringing Judas full circle, from birth to betrayal, and finally to a desperate quest for redemption.

Parallel to Judas's narrative is the Greek legend of Oedipus, a man who stood at the pivotal intersection of human fate. Like Judas, he was tangled in a web of prophecy and tragic fate – solving the Sphinx's riddle and, unknowingly, killing his father and marrying his mother. Both figures symbolize humanity's journey: a shift from celestial connections to the mundane and material. The light of the spiritual realm dims, replaced by the blinding nature of earthly intellect and desires.

This cosmic tapestry extends to Holy Week, especially Tuesday, where Christ faced challenges that reflected the conflicts of society. Oedipus, who was once a solver of riddles, lost himself in the horrors of his own destiny, blinding himself. This act becomes a metaphor for humanity's blinded journey away from spiritual truths.

Judas, Christianity's embodiment of tragic fate, signifies humanity's drift into pure intellectualism, losing touch with its spiritual essence. His name evokes not just his own story, but the broader historical context of the Jews, navigating a complex relationship with Rome. Recollections of another Judas, Judas Maccabeus, hint at the continuous struggle for freedom, further complicated by alliances that turned into domination.

Caught between two worlds, Judas saw hope in Christ, yearning for a divine overthrow of Roman rule. But his understanding of Christ's mission was clouded by his own desires. Scenes, like Mary Magdalene washing Christ's feet, baffled him. His inability to grasp Christ's true purpose culminated in a betrayal, and when his expectations shattered, he tragically ended his life.

In the poignant tale of Judas, we find an interwoven narrative of two civilizations, Judaism and Rome. It becomes emblematic of humanity's broader tragedy: a move away from spiritual essence, getting lost in the labyrinth of worldly desires and intellect. Through the heart-wrenching journeys of Oedipus and Judas, we witness the essence of human nature, offering a profound reflection on our shared human destiny.

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