One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, "Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He said, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The teacher says, “My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”'" The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover.
When it was evening, he reclined at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, "Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, "Surely it is not I, Lord?” He said in reply, "He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.” Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, "Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered, "You have said so.”
As we were discussing this Gospel reading, the girls starting talking about how it says, “The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him…” They wondered, if since it is written that the Son of Man should die, then what would that mean for Judas? We know that it has to be that Jesus endures the Cross, only because of Love. Jesus is Love, so does he love Judas? We asked why would Jesus point out that, “one of them was about to betray Him”?
Could it be that Jesus was trying to give Judas a chance to repent? My husband said he never thought of this reading in this way, where Jesus actually gave Judas a chance to repent. Jesus knew of Judas’ plans, but He still reclined at table with him. Jesus loves, and He loves truth, and He is Truth. He wants us to love, to love truth, and know the Truth which is Jesus.
We know that Jesus had to die in order for the prophecy to be fulfilled. He gave His life to save the lives of many. As we journey through the holiest of days in our Catholic Faith, we have so much to look forward to and be thankful for because of Jesus Christ. We pray for all of us to come to know the Love that Jesus has for us. As we read this and come together in spirit as PAPA, let us pray for our Priests, Bishops, Cardinals and the Pope to continue walking in the footsteps of Jesus and come to know the love that He has for them.
May God bless us all!