“Almighty ever-living God, grant us so to celebrate the mysteries of the Lord’s Passion that we may merit to receive your pardon. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
Put yourself at the Lord’s table. You’re in an upper room away from the massive crowds which have followed you for about a three years now. Finally you are just with your friends and your Rabbi. This Man has the words of Eternal Life. You’ve seen This Man raise the dead, heal the sick, and feed thousands. You’ve told Him you’d die for Him.
You know the Jewish leaders want Him dead, yet Passover is here and you came to Jerusalem to celebrate. You think the crowds are on your side, because you just saw hundreds throw palm leaves down in front of Him, asking Him to save them. You watch your Rabbi wash your feet. This confuses you, but nothing is that surprising anymore with Jesus around, so you continue talking with your friends. The table conversation quiets down because He has something to say. “One of you is going to betray me.”
Surely He is not serious. You’ve all risked death and sacrificed everything in order to follow. Who would betray Him now, after all He’s done? This question burns in the air like a torch.
The answer is all of us. We all betray Him, every single day. We are all Judas, and we are all Peter. Christ’s mercy is unbelievable in this moment. What was going through His mind when He washed His betrayer’s feet?
Prayer points // Ask forgiveness for your betrayals and be thankful for His infinite Mercy and His inexplicable Grace towards your Judas heart.
Scripture Mediation // John 13; Isaiah 49:1-9