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In the lost boyhood of Judas…

September 21, 2010

During the just completed first session of our lunch-hour book study of Graham Greene’s The Power And The Glory, Stephen read for us the last two lines of a poem by A.E. Russell that was a favorite of Greene’s.

In ancient shadows and twilights
Where childhood had strayed,
The world’s great sorrows were born
And its heroes were made.
In the lost boyhood of Judas
Christ was betrayed.

“In the lost boyhood of Judas

Christ was betrayed.”

It’s taking a lot of work for me to wrap my head around that. The main idea being that the child is the father of the man or something like that. But there’s more too, because of the way the poem makes the betrayal of Jesus active during Judas’ boyhood. It’s a chilling statement about the power that our time as children can have over our entire lives.

Stephen will lead two more lunch-time sessions on The Power And The Glory at noon on each of the next two Tuesdays, Sep. 28 and Oct. 5.

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