Holy Thursday: Sin and Betrayal

The approaching Feast of all feasts, the Lord’s Pascha can mean only one thing…..yum!

But not so fast. Holy Thursday presents us with another kind of meal – the Mystical Supper. Unlike the West we do not refer to this supper as Jesus’ last meal, rather it is mystical because it is a continuing supper in which we partake at every Divine Liturgy – the Eucharist. And we note the participation of Judas Iscariot at this meal despite the fact that he is about to betray the Lord. Similarly, Peter also partakes of the Eucharist despite the fact that he will deny the Lord in midst of His trials. Subsequently, they are both guilty of grievous sins against the Master.  Yet, Judas will ultimately reject the Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins for he will take his own life. Peter, on the other hand, embraced the Eucharist and wept and repented of his sin.

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