The Lord always leaves the door of his heart open.

The problem with open doors, however, is that others can freely rush in and out. The Lord can keep reaching out to us, but at the end of the day, as in the case of Judas, he lets us make our decision.


After all his attempts to reach out to Judas, our Lord tells him: “Do what you must.” The Gospel is quite direct about what happens next: “After receiving his morsel, [Judas] immediately went out.”

“And,” it adds, “it was night.”

It is a sad and scary picture: Judas walking through the door of the upper room into the chaos that awaits him and the world.

But what matters is that Jesus walks out through that same door and follows Judas into that chaos.

This is the heart of Holy Thursday.

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