AS SOON AS HE HAD TAKEN the piece of bread he went out. Night had fallen. (John 13.30). And Judas was poised, very shortly thereafter, to betray Jesus to the authorities. The night then, for Judas, was already far gone and his day far spent. He was soon to come to the end of the road. Fear, pieces of silver, hanging on to some imagined vestiges of power brought about a darkness in him into which no light would shine, in this world, again.
On this bright Spring Tuesday morning in Holy Week I too have partaken of bread. And Morning has broken. And in this gladsome light I must take care never to betray Christ’s gospel of liberation for all peoples, for New every morning is the love, our waking and uprising prove. And the road we’re called to walk along, hand in hand with every child, woman and man on the planet is to be the pathway of humanity redeemed. And any and all who take bread today are to banish the betraying powers of fear, pieces of silver, hanging on to imagined vestiges of power, darkness into which no light may shine – in the Name of the Life who calls us out from darkness to live in his most marvellous light.