While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd appeared, and the one called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him.48 Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Human One[a] with a kiss?”49 When those around him recognized what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should we fight with our swords?” 50 One of them struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear.51 Jesus responded, “Stop! No more of this!” He touched the slave’s ear and healed him.52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come to get him, “Have you come with swords and clubs to arrest me, as though I were a thief? 53 Day after day I was with you in the temple, but you didn’t arrest me. But this is your time, when darkness rules.”
Put yourself in the places of the characters in this story. As Judas, how would you feel? As a disciple, how would you feel? As an soldier, how would you feel?
If you were the one coming to arrest Jesus and a disciple cut your ear off, how would you react? How would you react when Jesus healed your ear?
Sit quietly with your hand on one of your ears. Think of yourself as someone who is about to injure Jesus, but instead heals you from your own injuries. Sit in that sense of being healed by God and being able to hear Jesus with willing ears.
(parts taken from The Message:Remix Solo)