The story is told that when Leonardo Da Vinci was painting The Last Supper, he had an intense and bitter argument with a fellow painter. Da Vinci was thinking of a way to get this guy back. He came up with a devious plan.
He decided to paint the face of his enemy onto the face of Judas Iscariot so it would be captured for time immemorial. And that is exactly what he did.
When people came to look at his work in progress, the immediately knew who ‘Judas’ was. Da Vinci thought, “This is pretty good. I showed him”
As he continued his work on the great painting of Christ and his disciples, he finally came to the face he had saved for the very end—the face of Jesus. But he could not bring himself to paint it.
He was greatly troubled knowing that he had painted the face of his enemy as the face of Judas Iscariot. He realized that his hatred and bitterness were keeping him from being able to face the face of Christ. So he went back to the image of Judas and painted some nebulous face instead. Then he was able to paint the face of Christ.
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