Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house . . . began to mock and beat Jesus. They kept heaping many insults on him.

Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. . . Pilate asked him,
"Are you the king of the Jews?"
He answered,
"You say so."

Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds,
"I find nothing against this man."
But they were insistent and said,
"He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place."

When Pilate heard this, he sent him off to Herod, who was in Jerusalem at that time.
When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some sign.
He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer. Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him; then he put an elegant robe on him, and sent him back to Pilate.

Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders and the people, and said to them,
"You brought me this man . . . and I have not found this man guilty of any your charges laid against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. I will therefore have him flogged and release him."

Then they all shouted together,
"Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!"
Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; but they kept shouting, "Crucify, crucify him!"

A third time he said to them,
"Why, what evil has he done?"
But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed.

So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand be granted. H released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for revolting and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.
As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. . .

Two other also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called the Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. . . there was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews"

One of the criminals who were crucified with him kept mocking him saying,
“Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!"

But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? We indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.

Then, turning to Jesus, he said,
"Remember me when you come into your kingdom."

He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the suns's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. They Jesus, crying out in a loud voice, said
"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."

Having said this, he breathed his last. And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Holy Week

This week is Holy Week...
   Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their clocks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode alond, people kept spreading their clocks on the road. as he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying
   "Blessed is the king,
      who comes in the name of the Lord!
   Peace in heaven,
      and glory in the highest heaven!"
   Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, order you disciples to stop."
   He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the stones themselves would shout out."
   As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day they things that make for peace . . .  you did not recognize the time of visitation from God."
   Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; and he said, "It is written,
  'My house shall be a house of prayer';
    but you have made it a den of robbers."
Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying,
"This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
and he did the same with the cup after supper, saying,
" This cup that it poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. . . Do this in remembrance of me."
He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him . . .  then he withdrew from them, knelt down and prayed,
"Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done."
Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. in his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.
When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them,
"Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial."
While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approacehed Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him,
"Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?" and to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who come for him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? When I was with you day after  day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!"
This post is continued tomorrow . . .
Taken from the Gospel of Luke.