By Karen Zainal Vengeance dominates the tide of social media these days. Sometimes it comes in the form of mob justice descending upon the perpetrator of a crime inadequately punished, other times as smaller and subtler smears against those who have wronged us. But perhaps we could spend some time pondering on the perennial tug-of-war…

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Was it simply greed? Did Judas betray Jesus for the 30 pieces of silver? Here’s what St. Matthew (26: 14-16) says about the betrayal:

“Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I betray him to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.”

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“Washing feet means: “I am at your service”. And with us too, don’t we have to wash each other’s feet day after day? But what does this mean? That all of us must help one another. Sometimes I am angry with someone or other … but… let it go, let it go, and if he or she asks you a favour, do it.”

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Christian movies are often hit or miss.

Often, the writers and director are more intent on clubbing the audience over the head with their message than drawing us into a great story with a deft touch.

“Paul, Apostle of Christ,” succeeds in drawing us into the rich fabric of this complex man’s life without clubbing us over the head.

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