"It was six days before the festival of Passover, Jesus and his disciples had traveled to Bethany, which lay just outside Jerusalem. They went to stay at the house of Jesus' friends, Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus, whom Jesus had earlier raised from the dead ...
Meanwhile the priests, scribes, and elders, who were members of the Jewish council, the Sanhedrin, assembled at the house of Caiaphas, the high priest. They were looking for an excuse to arrest Jesus and execute him, for they were afraid of his influence with the people. Judas went to them in secret and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.
"What will you give me if I deliver Jesus into your hands?" he asked them.
"Thirty pieces of silver."
Judas agreed to this, and Caiaphas counted the silver coins into his hand, one by one."
This is the Bible story we read tonight over supper. Thanks to a wonderful tip from Jenn, we included silver dollar pancakes with our meal (symbolic of those 30 silver coins paid to Judas). Do you know, the recipe I used made exactly 30 small pancakes, with nary a scrap of batter leftover? On the left is the main dish, a roasted medley of potatoes, kielbasa and peppers. (And I'm not sure if you can tell in the picture above, but that's snow outside the window, in the background. Yes. Snow.)
Crackerjack asked me to take a picture of the cross he made from the final few silver dollars:
I read that in the Czech Republic this day was also once known as Black, Ugly or Soot-Sweeping Wednesday, and by tradition one's chimney was swept out as part of Holy Week cleaning. We won't go quite that far in our household, though come to think of it, it's not a bad idea. It's the right timing for such a task - spring brings an end to a long season of hearth fires. We discussed this idea over supper - and wondered about its origin. Perhaps the dirtiest of jobs was scheduled for the day of the dirtiest of deeds?
So as the sleet hits the skylights and the plow thunders down the road, I wish you an evening of warmth and light, my friends. See you sometime tomorrow. :)