During a morning Bible study in our parish leadership class today we heard and pondered Luke's account of the Passover Supper that Jesus ate with his disciples. As the passage was read several times, we were asked to tell which word or phrase jumped out at us. Someone reported they were most moved by the description of the disciples who "began to ask one another which one of them it could be who could do this," after Jesus announced someone in that room would betray him. Our professor said that he heard something new in that phrase this time around as well. He said that he heard in that statement that each of the disciples believed that any of them in the room had the capacity to betray Jesus. We read this story through the lens of knowledge; we presume guilt on Judas. But, in the moment, from this accounting at least, each of those disciples thought any one of their companions could have it in them to turn Jesus over to the authorities. Some of them may even have recognized that potential within themselves.
I am quick to see that potential in others. But, do I as quickly see that capacity within myself? Do you?