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Sunday, April 9. 2017
From today's Lectionary: The whole Passion story - " I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."
26:35 Peter said to him, "Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you." And so said all the disciples.
26:36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray."
26:37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated.
26:38 Then he said to them, "I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me."
26:39 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want."
26:40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, "So, could you not stay awake with me one hour?
26:41 Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
26:42 Again he went away for the second time and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done."
26:43 Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
26:44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.
26:45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
26:46: Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand."
26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
26:48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him."
26:49 At once he came up to Jesus and said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.
26:50 Jesus said to him, "Friend, do what you are here to do." Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him.
26:51 Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
26:52 Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
26:53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?
26:54 But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?"
26:55 At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me.
26:56 But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled." Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
26:57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered.
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