So let us hear this and hear it plainly and hear it clearly... This is not a table for the perfect, or for those who have their spiritual act together (despite what some people think when they try to interpret Paul’s version of this event). It is not for those who have all the answers. This table, and the invitation to come to it and partake of the bread and the cup, is for those who have it in their hearts to betray Jesus too.[ ]Why? Because it is the only place where we can hear Jesus say to us, “It is you who have stood by me through my trials.”
When stress escalates, congregations and ministers are often surprised to find people reverting to decidedly un-Christian behavior. How do we move to a self-giving care for others?
Judas is synonymous with betrayal, yet Jesus knelt before him and washed his feet. While prayer may not change those who betrayed you, it can change you.
As Fred Buechner writes in description of it: “It’s a scene to conjure with. Once again they met in the shadows, the two old friends, both of them a little worse for wear after all that had happened, only this time it was Jesus who was the one to give the kiss, and this time it wasn’t the kiss of death that was given.” Such is the width and length and breadth of God’s reconciling love … wide enough for Judas … wide enough for you and me.