St Julian’s Church Norwich, where Julian lived her hidden life with God.
The Gospel for this morning was all about Judas. Mostly. But one phrase jumped out at me from the Roman Missal version of the reading:
“Now, on the 1st day of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and said; “Where do you want us to make the preparation for you to eat the Passover?” “Go to so-and-so in the city and say: ‘The Master says: my time is near. It is at your house I am keeping Passover with my disciples.'” (Matt 26:18)
Who was “So-and-So”? Nameless, faceless, forgotten. It may have been Joseph of Arimathea or Nicodemus. Or another, anonymous well-wisher and follower. We don’t know. And never will. It was their fate to be forgotten.
But was also their calling to enable. To enable the Christ to reveal himself fully to his followers. To enable the Supper that we share in to this day. Not to be known or remembered or famed but to help make heaven on earth. To offer a space that is made Holy by the Holy.
“for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.” Colossians 3:3-4
That’s what most of us are called to. Not fame but being hidden in Christ. And then revealed as the glories of his love.