Matthew 26:14-25 Reflection – Surely Not I, Lord

Reflection on Matthew 26:14-25 ~

As I have gotten to know Jesus through Lent, it seems easy to imagine that an unknown but certain man says “Yes” when asked to open his home to “strangers” for a meal. His acceptance invites the Passion story to begin. He is witness to an event of epic proportions. From his eyes I see the conversation move off center, Christ’s betrayer has dipped his hand into the unnamed man’s bowl. The instant when the bowl contained both darkness and light still echoes; surely not I, Rabbi.

The Last Supper, Judas Dipping his Hand in the Dish, James Tissot, Brooklyn MuseumThe Last Supper, Judas Dipping his Hand in the Dish, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

Additional Lenten Reflections

Matthew 26  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

The Passover with the Disciples

17 On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

20 When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; 21 and while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?” 23 He answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” 25 Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” He replied, “You have said so.”

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Reflection on Matthew 26:14-25.