When Nikos Kazantzakis was a young boy, the Turks at times would invade his village and massacred some of the villagers. One time after such a raid, Nikos's father took him to the spot where the massacre had taken place and made him touch the corpses that were still hanging from the trees. He did not want the young teen to forget, ever! He also wanted Nikos to remember how important freedom was. Later in life Nikos wrote a book, THE GREEK PASSION.
The theme of this book was a story about the people of a small village named "Lycrovissi" in Greece. Annually the people re-enacted the Passion of Christ in narrative as a part of their Easter celebrations. The planning always took place a year in advance and at this planning the people were chosen for the parts they would portray.
One year, a simple shepherd young man named Manolios was selected to portray Jesus Christ. Another villager was chosen to play the part of Judas, his name was Panayotaros. The other parts were filled with other villagers. What made this unusual was that during the year preceding the passion play, as they prepared, the actors began to take on the characteristics and more and more resembled the people whose roles they were to fulfill. Manolois became more Christ-like in his attitude...Panayotaros became more and more spiteful and hateful until the villagers couldn't stand to have him near.
During this particular year...a major conflict arose in the village! Manolios became a defender of the people in question. The conflict became more heated until it erupted on Christmas Eve. All were present in the church when Panayotaros, the man who portrayed Judas, left his seat and plunged a knife into the heart of Manolois, killing him!
Who are you becoming more like? Jesus Christ or Judas?
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad!" (Matthew 5:11-12)