In the name of the one, holy and living God:
who creates, redeems and sustains us. Amen.
“Love one another.”
Peter was there that night,
along with Judas and the others
when Jesus said, “one of you will betray me.”
One of us?
These disciples had spent three years of their lives following Jesus,
giving up their livelihood,
risking derision, rebuke and threats of death.
They make furtive glances around the table considering who it might be until Peter motions to John to ask Jesus.
“It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it into the dish,” Jesus responds.
After dipping the bread, he hands it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot.
Judas, the most trusted of the disciples,
the one who held the common purse,
ensuring the needs of Jesus and all the disciples were met…
and the needs of the poor as well.
After receiving the bread, Judas immediately went out.
And it was night.
It was night without – and within.
Not only for Judas but for them all.
For all except Jesus.
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