A monastery visitor has asked me, “Did Judas the Betrayer receive the Holy Eucharist?”
However, the Scriptures definitely show that Judas did NOT receive the Eucharistic BLOOD of Christ.
Both St. Luke’s Gospel and St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (11:23-24) spell out that Christ gave his Eucharistic Body to his apostles at some point DURING his Last Supper. However, they also spell out that he gave them his Eucharistic Blood AFTER the supper was ended. The words of consecration at Mass recall that Christ gave his Eucharistic Blood to the apostles “when supper was ENDED.”
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
At some point DURING the supper, Christ washed the feet of his apostles.
Also at some point during the supper, but AFTER the foot-washing, and BEFORE THE END of the supper, Judas left.
After Judas left, the supper continued at length.
John’s Gospel does not say at what point of the supper Christ gave his Eucharistic Body. It might have happened AFTER Judas left.
THE GOSPELS OF MATTHEW, MARK, AND LUKE
These Gospels do not spell out precisely when Judas left the supper. It could have been before Christ gave his Eucharistic Body, and, if that were the case, then Judas did not receive the Eucharistic Body.
Leaving before the supper was ended so he could meet those who would arrest Christ, Judas could not have received the Eucharistic Blood. Notably, then, Judas was not included in receiving the Eucharistic Blood that Christ says is given “so that sins may be forgiven.”
The Scriptures do not clarify whether Judas was present or absent when Christ gave his Eucharistic Body.
However, it is clear from the Scriptures that Judas was ABSENT when Christ gave his Eucharistic Blood after the end of the supper.
Christ waited until Judas had left, and then gave the other apostles his Eucharistic Blood -- thus excluding Judas from receiving the Eucharistic Blood. We are free to suspect that Christ intended to exclude Judas from the Eucharist -- both the Body and the Blood.