Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

On the road during Holy Week this year, I attended noon Holy Tuesday Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart in the border town of Nogales, Arizona.

The Gospel that day was the story of Judas, poised at the Last Supper to betray Christ. “What you are going to do, do quickly”…”So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.”

It’s night a lot of places at the moment. The news would have us believe that it’s night just about everywhere.

But every so often I hear a homily that pierces the night. The priest that day gently pointed out that every one of us is exactly like Judas. How many times have we sold him out for thirty pieces of silver–or, for that matter, way less? We, too, dip our morsel in the dish of the Eucharist. We too go out, and commit deeds in the darkness, that constitute anything but love.



  1. Mary McCaskill says: Reply

    Beautiful article. Thank you.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Thank you, dear Mary!

  2. Ron Lewberg says: Reply

    Thank-you Heather. One of your more thought provoking writings. Good food for thought.
    Also I’m glad to see that you’re settling in well to your new abode.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Thanks so much, Ron, glad you liked the piece and yes, I continue to settle in…more on that score down the road! Happy spring….

  3. This column has truly touched me with its clarity and its challenge. Identifying the human heart as the issue behind the “systems” gives me a bridge to those I would see on the “other side”. Thank you!

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Yes, perfect, Vicki–Compassion for “the other side”…who I see as the accusers, the shamers, the snitchers…and yet how many times have I accused, snithced and shamed myself?…

  4. This is so true! Especially, “Ongoing moral inventories. The making of amends. The development of a prayer life. The decision to devote oneself to service.” This is what I met when I finally admitted that I need help and joined Overeaters Anonymous a few weeks ago. It looks like everything I tried until now has been built on sand. More than a year of lockdown has shown me how shaky my foundation is and I’m so so so grateful that God lead me the way he did!

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Thanks, Barbara, and I rejoice that you’re finding your way…yes, we live in a grievance culture. I have always loved this quote from an early Church figure Dorotheus of Gaza: “The reason for all disturbance, if we look to its roots, it that no one finds fault with himself”…

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