In normal times several churches, especially in London, would tonight be offering the opportunity to attend Tenebrae which art historian Brian Sewell described as ‘the most disturbing and convincing service’. It has many graphic references to Judas Iscariot.
But at home we can read about Judas and his secret role in what is about to happen.
Judas Iscariot, the group treasure, is this morning alone in Jerusalem where he approaches the Chief Priests and Elders of the Temple offering to assist in Jesus’ arrest.
It appears that he may be paid thirty pieces of silver in advance,
either the Jewish silver shekel or the Roman silver denarius
This evening Jesus is as usual in Bethany and probably dining at the home of Simon. Maybe the villagers have shared out the task of feeding and finding beds for Jesus and his followers. Lazarus is present and Martha cooks the meal.
Tomorrow the meal will be in Jerusalem.
*Mark 14.1-11; Matthew 26.14-16