From the "Yikes" Category of Scripture #1

Scripture isn’t something that you would necessarily expect to make you say “Yikes!”  But it happens.  Sometimes it’s because a woman drives a tent spike through a man’s skull, or a powerful king starts acting like an animal and eating grass.  Sometimes you say “yikes” because something rings so true that it hits you – as my mom would say – right between the eyes (hopefully not with the force of a sharpened tent peg).  A few Gospel moments in the “yikes” category come to mind:  Jesus calling Peter “Satan” – that was a “yikes” moment.  A whole herd of swine dashing off a cliff – “Yikes!”  Jesus asking Peter if he loved him – three times?!  Triple yikes.

My Catholic Biblical School class recently studied the deuterocanonical book of Judith.  If you haven’t read it, you should check it out.  It is 100% guaranteed to make you say “Yikes.”