From today’s Gospel reading: ‘Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him’.

St John Chrysostom wrote: ‘For when the disciples had done, as Jesus had appointed them, when the evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, He said, we are told, “Verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me”. And before the supper, He had even washed his feet. And see how He spares the traitor. For He said not, such a one shall betray me; but, one of you, so as again to give him power of repentance by concealment. And He chooses to alarm all, for the sake of saving this man. Of you, the twelve, says He, that are everywhere present with me, whose feet I washed, to whom I promised so many things’.

May we enter fully upon these days, bringing our own love and repentance to the Lord, and may He bless us all.