The Holy Week commemorates the last days of Jesus on this earthly life. The ceremonies of the season remond the passions of Jesus. One sentence that highlights the season and the passions of Jesus is: “Judas said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him.” (Matthew 26: 49)
A kiss is a sign of an affectionate communication. It is a sign of relational commitment and understanding. It has been a human instinct to show great affection. Jesus lived on this earth for 33 years and was crucified to death according to the plan of Redemption. It may be interesting to know who else kissedJesus during his lifetime on this earth.
The affectionate kiss of the Mom
Kissing a child is an instinctive act of a mom. Mother Mary who brought forth Jesus to this earth as her child should have kissed him thousands of times with the greatest affection. She should have kissed him when she had to run to Egypt to escape from the order of Herod to kill all the infants of Bethlehem. She should have kissed him when she found him in the Temple after searching for him for three days.
The kiss of contrition
Luke records in his gospel the story of a sinful woman who kissed Jesus. God loves the sinners more than a mom can love her child. A kiss of contrition shows that God can turn a heart affectionate when a sinner reconciles with Him.
"Then he(Jesus) turned toward the woman and said to Simon, 'Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with hertears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.'" (Luke 7:44-45)
A kiss of betrayal
Judas kissed and betrayed Jesus. The story of Passions begin with the kiss of a friend or disciple. Kiss, the symbol of great love and affection has been misused here for a selfish purpose - may be for 30 pieces of silver coins by which Judas was bound to oblige the high priests of Judea.
There are many controversial stories about Judas kissing the Lord. It seems that he expected that Jesus, who had been proving himself to be very powerful and who had escaped many times from the Jews who came to capture him, would escape this time also from the trick of the high priests. Another reason for his great hope should have been triumphal procession to the Temple of Jerusalem which is commemorated on the Palm Sunday. People were ready to make him the king of Israel.
But the result, as per the scriptures, was different. Jesus was arrested and was punished to death. He was crucified. Judas might have ignore the words of Jesus which he used to say about his death.
The Holy Week is to return to God and think of His great affection. It is to reconcile and build up relationships.