one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from the one who takes away your coat, do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and of the one who takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.
restoration of our relationship with the Father -- salvation, redemption -- for all human beings, without exception. Jesus meant this act of restoration, this one-ing with the Father, for all and for each of us personally. The Eucharistic sacramental sign preeminently expresses this personal intention of Jesus for each of us personally and corporately.
supplication of Christ and his Church, then the outward and visible sign of bread and wine becomes, as the Book of
Common Prayer says, “...the inward and spiritual grace...the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people...” Just as the Apostles, in that living encounter we come to know, in Jesus present, “the Holy One of God”.
Holy One who has shown by what he’s said and done that he is the source of life and salvation. When Judas appears again in John’s Gospel it’s at Jesus final supper together with the Twelve, where several times hints are dropped that Judas is going to betray Jesus, and during which he disappears out into the night. His next encounter with Jesus is in the garden when he brings a cohort of Roman soldiers to arrest Jesus. John describes a Judas who is so unbelieving that he doesn’t even identify Jesus to the soldiers by calling him “Rabbi” or by kissing him. Jesus actually is the one who comes out of the garden, like a good shepherd defending his flock, and asks virtually the same question which he asked the disciples at the beginning of John’s Gospel: “Whom/what are you looking for?” In Chapter 6, John acknowledges Judas by describing what Judas is going to do, which casts cloud over his loyalty as a disciple. In Chapter 18 he speaks the name of “Judas, who betrayed him...”, reminding us that Judas, once chosen and a
Christ even in the consecrated bread of the Eucharist. The key, as Jesus has told us over these past five weeks, is in allowing the Father to draw us, in setting our hearts in trust on Jesus, and in sharing together the living bread, in whom we have eternal life and who will raise you and me up at the last day.