Jesus and Judas at the Last Supper
Jesus answered "The one who has dipped his [bread with his] hand into the bowl with me will betray me" (Matt 26:23). I learned today that Leonardo da Vinci painted The Last Supper with the hands of Jesus and Judas simultaneously reaching for bread. I've indicated the simultaneous motion in the image above (click to enlarge). Judas, being distracted by the conversation between John and Peter, is not aware that he is marking himself as the one to betray Jesus by his grasping for the bread. He is not privy to Jesus' statement, which is directed off to the right of the painting (to Thomas and James, to Jesus' left). The Gospel story is thus made realistic/plausible. It is also made miraculous--a "coincidence" that cannot be mere chance. Is the simultaneity between Jesus and Judas also indicative of spiritual mystery? Is God working all things together for good to bring about a wondrous redemption out of what the human being intends as evil? Do the folded, peaceful hands of John represent a sort of "hyphen" between Jesus and Judas, uniting their acts into one great saving mystery?