He loosens the belt of kings,
ties a waistcloth on their loins.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance
He rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.
Holy Wednesday, or Spy Wednesday, always leaves me pondering the question of exactly how much money would it take – and under what circumstances – for me to sell out my best friend to certain imprisonment and death. After all, none of us are better than Judas, not really. We are subject to the same temptations and are capable of betraying not only those we love, but ourselves.
Judas sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, a pitiable sum for another person by any account. I think many of us would like to think that we’d never fall to the depths that Judas did, we think “I’d never do that!” But really, I don’t know. Maybe we are far more like Judas than we’d like to admit.