Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Judas revisited

Our vicar spoke this evening about the passage in John where Peter asks Jesus about the one who is to betray him. Unlike the other thre Gospels, John does not describe the sharing of the bread and wine. David elucidated something I'd not really thought of before. Instead of the sharing of the bread and and wine as a communal experience we hear of a kind of anti-communion; Jesus dips the bread in the wine and hands it to Judas and AT THAT MOMENT satan enters him and his betrayal of Jesus is set in motion.
"Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, 'Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.' The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples - the one whom Jesus loved - was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, 'Lord, who is it?' Jesus answered, 'It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.' So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, 'Do quickly what you are going to do.' Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, 'Buy what we need for the festival'; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out."
John 13.21-26
Now I spoke on Judas a few years ago and had been thinking about putting it up on here which I will do in another post. It's a bit of a brain leap - does Jesus CHOOSE Judas here? Was there moment when Jesus could have handed that piece of bread to Peter? To John? To Thomas? To any of the others? Or was this merely a SACRAMENT? (defined as: an outwards sign of an inner reality) Judas was already on the oath towards his future actions and Jesus merely signposted it.

How much of a difference do those two possibilities make to us?

Update: thoughts from the Taizé Community on just this subject.

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