How painful is it when someone betrays our trust, or worse, actively does evil against us? How much worse is it if the one who betrays us is a friend or even a family member? It is devastating. Now imagine that we know in advance that someone we love will betray and hurt us to our core. That is the situation that Jesus faced in today’s gospel passage. The Lord of the universe, the one who would take upon himself the sins of the world, would be betrayed by a beloved friend.
Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant.
One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved,
was reclining at Jesus’ side.
So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant.
He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him,
“Master, who is it?”
“It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.”
So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas,
son of Simon the Iscariot.
After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him.
So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”
Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him.
Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him,
“Buy what we need for the feast,”
or to give something to the poor.
So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.
The time of darkness is nearly upon us. But we must remember that Jesus is the light that extinguishes darkness forever. If we trust in him and share in the meal that he will consecrate for us we will live in the light forever.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”