...He addressed them as friends. That is what he called Judas
when that disciple
Betrayed him in the garden with a kiss.
Ah, friends - they can eat your bread and plan your undoing.
At the end of the meal when, as scripture says they sang a hymn,
Did Jesus sing too?
Could he, knowing all that had been done and undone?
Yes, I think so. I think he sang the blues. He had before:
"Oh, Jerusalem, you who stone the prophets, how often would I have gathered you in my arms as a hen her chicks,
But you would not."
The blues means not knowing how to stop loving when loving hurts.
It's what makes Jesus a Billie Holiday fan -
A broken heart that keeps on singing....
A little Lent in the midst of Ordinary Time, excerpted from "All His Friends" by David Slater in Before the Amen: Creative Resources for Worship