On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’ “ So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”
They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely not I, Lord?” Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “Yes, it is you.”
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
The above painting is one of my favorites of The Last Supper. It was painted in the year 1562 by a Spanish artist by the name of Juan de Juanes. This painting is said to have been inspired by The Last Supper painting of Leonardo de Vinci, in a style similar to the another famous painter Raphael.
If you look closely at the above painting you will see that all of the Apostles have halos, except Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Jesus. His beard and hair are red and, in keeping with tradition, he wears yellow - the color that symbolizes envy. The faces of the other Apostles seem to radiate adoration as they look at Jesus.
It is so comforting to have the promise given to us over two thousand years ago on this Holy Thursday. It is a day to prepare ourselves to celebrate the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
Blessings to you during this Holy season wherever you may be.