Holy Thursday reminds us of Jesus seated at table for a last meal with his disciples, humbling himself to wash their feet, and offering his own body and blood to sustain them. But often the betrayal that took place that night is forgotten. John’s Gospel tells us: Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and said, “one of you will betray me.” “Master, who is it,” one asked. Jesus answered, “the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.” So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas. Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.
It was night. . . . It is still night. How well we know–martyrs’ blood poured out in Yemen, terrorism in Belgium, children dead from gunfire, refugees with nowhere to go. On and on the betrayals go into the night.
Jesus stands with the betrayed as one who knows. His “light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Holy Thursday is an occasion to spend time with loved ones at a meal, offer service to the needy, and participate in the Eucharistic celebration. Only the presence of Christ can heal our wounds and bring light to our darkened world.