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A Holy Kiss


holy-week-judas-kiss-03There is a natural affection that happens between brothers and sisters in Christ who have come to love and genuinely care for one another.

One church in particular has been special to my wife and I and we really miss the way we greeted one another and blessed each other through physical touch.  With the guys, it was usually bear hugs and with the women, it was usually a kiss on the check and a light hug.

I have never seen holy kissing – for our culture in North America it is definitely odd.  Yet with new faces, especially my friends from North Africa and the Middle East, I get to practice a bit of my wife’s Italian tradition where in the family the men still kiss cheek to cheek.

The example that jumps to my mind is when Judas gives Jesus a kiss to signify that He is the one that needs to be arrested.  The opposite of a holy kiss but the sign of how that was very much a part of tradition.

A holy kiss is not something that can be judged, it is purely something that comes from within our own heart.  Only the kisser will understand the motivation and intent behind such an act.  Unless God is walking with you, there is little chance that your kiss will be a holy one.  Such agape love only is derived in the heart of God.

I look at how Paul describes certain people of God – fellow workers in Christ who risked their necks for my life, my beloved, worked hard among you, men of note, my beloved in the Lord, fellow worker in Christ, my beloved, approved in Christ, workers in the Lord, beloved, eminent in the Lord…

Is it only my imagination, but can we not see Paul meeting with these friends, falling upon them with pure joy and greeting them with a holy kiss?



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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV

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