Ubi Caritas et amor, ibi Deus est

A new commandment (mandatum) I give to you, love one another, as I have loved you.

But the beloved disciple, reclining on Jesus’ breast, asked, who it was who would betray him. The one who dipped his hand in the dish with me is the one, Jesus answered. Judas took the morsel, in a demonic parody of the Eucharist, and instead of Jesus, the devil entered into him.

The deepest shadow falls over the instituion of the Eucharist: it is the seal of love and the occasion of betrayal. So I fear shall it shall ever be in the Church: Jesus will be betrayed by those whom he has chosen to be close to him.

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