Jesus’ Life: Chapter 16 – The Last Supper
Judas was at one time, among the most trusted disciples of Jesus; he was one of his chosen twelve. Together they travelled from village to town. Judas ate with Jesus, watched him perform numerous miracles and listened to his teachings. Judas was also among the group of disciples Jesus sent in pairs to preach his Gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers and cast out demons. (Matthew 10:8)
The twelve Apostles seemed a close group of loyal friends, with a heartfelt common mission. However, at some point, Judas quietly decided, in his own heart, to betray Jesus and indeed, his fellow Apostles.
At the same time, the Chief Priests and Elders were trying to arrange Jesus’ arrest; finding the right time and place wasn’t easy, Jerusalem was busy with people preparing for the Passover and where Jesus went, he was sure to have many followers who could, “cause a riot”.
Judas gave them their answer and they grasped it. On the Tuesday of Holy Week, he arranged for his arrest at nighttime and outside the City walls, in return for thirty pieces of silver. The place was to be, the Garden of Gethsemane. (Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:3-6)
Am I truly loyal to Jesus? Do I accept everything he asks?
Lord Jesus, open my heart to my failings, strengthen my courage so that everything I do is an outpouring of my love for you.
Prayer: Sweet Jesus (St Thomas Aquinas)
Sweet Jesus, Body and Blood most Holy,
be the delight and pleasure of my soul,
my strength and salvation in all temptations,
my joy and peace in every trial,
my light and guide in every word and deed,
and my final protector in death. Amen.