On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ He said, ‘Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, “The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.” ’ So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.
When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, ‘Surely not I, Lord?’ He answered, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.’ Judas, who betrayed him, said, ‘Surely not I, Rabbi?’ He replied, ‘You have said so.’
Reflection by Janet Derby
My sister Nancy has taught writing classes and workshops in a variety of settings. She mentioned one time to me that she had asked her participants to reflect on a time in their life that they were embarrassed by and write about it. She also said that there were times in her life that were so humiliating that she would not share them by writing about them. I imagine we all have times like that. Occasions, reactions, thoughts, or ideas that we would prefer not see the light of day. I wonder if Judas felt that way as he shared supper with Jesus and the other disciples. Sadly for Judas, there was no hiding of his intentions. Jesus knew what was coming. The same is true for us. Our deepest thoughts are known to God. Yet, we need not fear. No matter what those feelings or ideas are, God loves us and forgives us. That is truly good news.
Forgiving God, thank you for loving me in spite of my failings. Help me to be more understanding and forgiving of others. Amen.