Lent A19, Palm/Passion Sunday
16 And from that moment he began to look forVIII an opportunityIX to betray him.
17 On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciplesX came to Jesus,XI saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?”XII
18 He said, “GoXIII into the cityXIV to a certain man,XV and say to him, ‘The TeacherXVI says, My timeXVII is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.
20 When it was evening,XVIII he took his placeXIX with the twelve; 21 and while they were eating, he said, “TrulyXX I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
22 And they became greatly distressedXXI and began to say to him one after another, “Surely notXXII I, Lord?”XXIII
23 He answered, “The one who has dippedXXIV his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 XXVThe Son of ManXXVI goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been betterXXVII for that one not to have been born.”
25 Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?”XXVIII
He replied, “You have said so.”
26 While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessingXXIX it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”XXX 27 Then he took a cup,XXXI and after giving thanksXXXII he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you;
28 for this is my bloodXXXIII of the covenant,XXXIV which is poured outXXXV for many for the forgivenessXXXVI of sins.XXXVII 29 I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vineXXXVIII until that day when I drink it newXXXIX with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
30 When they had sung the hymn,XL they went out to the Mount of Olives.
31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all become desertersXLI because of me this night; for it is written,
‘I will strikeXLII the shepherd,
and the sheepXLIII of the flockXLIV will be scattered.’XLV
32 But after I am raised up,XLVI I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”XLVII
33 PeterXLVIII said to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will neverXLIX desert you.”
34 Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will denyL me three times.”
35 Peter said to him, “Even though I mustLI die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples.
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane;LII and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”LIII 37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee,LIV and began to be grievedLV and agitated.LVI
38 Then he said to them, “ILVII am deeply grieved,LVIII even to death; remainLIX here, and stay awakeLX with me.” 39 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the groundLXI and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible,LXII let this cupLXIII passLXIV from me; yet not what I wantLXV but what you want.”
40 Then he came to the disciples and foundLXVI them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, couldLXVII you not stay awake with me one hour? 41 Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial;LXVIII the spiritLXIX indeedLXX is willing,LXXI but the fleshLXXII is weak.”LXXIII
42 Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannotLXXIV pass unless I drink it, your willLXXV be done.” 43 Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.LXXVI
44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.LXXVII 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?LXXVIII See,LXXIX the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.LXXX 46 Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”
47 While he was still speaking,LXXXI Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swordsLXXXII and clubs,LXXXIII from the chief priests and the eldersLXXXIV of the people.LXXXV 48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign,LXXXVI saying, “The one I will kissLXXXVII is the man; arrestLXXXVIII him.”
49 At once he came up to Jesus and said, “Greetings,LXXXIX Rabbi!” and kissedXC him.
50 Jesus said to him, “Friend,XCI do what you are here to do.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. 51 Suddenly,XCII one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struckXCIII the slaveXCIV of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword backXCV into its place; for all who take the sword will perishXCVI by the sword. 53 XCVIIDo you thinkXCVIII that I cannot appeal toXCIX my Father, and he will at once sendC me more than twelve legionsCI of angels?CII 54 But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled,CIII which say it must happen in this way?”
55 At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrestCIV me as though I were a bandit?CV, CVI Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophetsCVII may be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples desertedCVIII him and fled.
57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to CaiaphasCIX the high priest, in whose house the scribesCX and the elders had gathered.CXI 58 But Peter was followingCXII him at a distance, as far as the courtyardCXIII of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guardsCXIV in order to seeCXV how this would end.CXVI
59 Now the chief priests and the whole councilCXVII were looking forCXVIII false testimonyCXIX against Jesus so that they might put him to death, 60 but they found none, though many false witnessesCXX came forward.
At last two came forward 61 and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am ableCXXI to destroyCXXII the templeCXXIII of GodCXXIV and to build it in three days.’”
62 The high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify againstCXXV you?” 63 But Jesus was silent.CXXVI Then the high priest said to him, “I put you under oathCXXVII before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah,CXXVIII the Son of God.”
64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you,
From now on you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of PowerCXXIX
and coming on the clouds of heaven.”CXXX
65 Then the high priest tore his clothesCXXXI and said, “He has blasphemed!CXXXII Why do we still need witnesses?CXXXIII, CXXXIV You have now heardCXXXV his blasphemy.CXXXVI 66 What is your verdict?”CXXXVII
69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girlCXLII came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.”
70 But he denied it before all of them, saying, “I do not knowCXLIII what you are talking about.”
71 When he went out to the porch,CXLIV another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”CXLV
72 Again he denied it with an oath,CXLVI “I do not know the man.”
73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “CertainlyCXLVII you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.”CXLVIII
74 Then he began to curse,CXLIX and he swore an oath,CL “I do not know the man!” At that moment the cock crowed. 75 Then Peter rememberedCLI whatCLII Jesus had said: “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and weptCLIII bitterly.CLIV
27:1 When morningCLV came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferredCLVI together against Jesus in order to bring about his death. 2 They boundCLVII him, led him away, and handed him over to PilateCLVIII the governor.CLIX
3 When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned,CLX he repentedCLXI and brought backCLXII the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4 He said, “I have sinnedCLXIII by betraying innocentCLXIV blood.”
But they said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” 5 Throwing downCLXV the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself.CLXVI 6 But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawfulCLXVII to put them into the treasury,CLXVIII since they are blood money.”CLXIX
7 After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter’sCLXX field as a place to bury foreigners.CLXXI 8 For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
9 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah,CLXXII “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a price had been set,CLXXIII on whom some of the people of IsraelCLXXIV had set a price, 10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor askedCLXXV him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”CLXXVI
Jesus said, “You say so.” 12 But when he was accusedCLXXVII by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer.
13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?” 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge,CLXXVIII so that the governor was greatly amazed.CLXXIX
15 Now at the festival the governor was accustomedCLXXX to releaseCLXXXI a prisonerCLXXXII for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. 16 At that time they had a notoriousCLXXXIII prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas.CLXXXIV
17 So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he realized that it was out of jealousyCLXXXV that they had handed him over.
19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat,CLXXXVI his wife sentCLXXXVII word to him, “Have nothing to do with that innocentCLXXXVIII man, for today I have sufferedCLXXXIX a great deal because of a dreamCXC about him.”
20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuadedCXCI the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed.CXCII 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?”
And they said, “Barabbas.”
22 Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”
All of them said, “Let him be crucified!”CXCIII
23 Then he asked, “Why, what evilCXCIV has he done?”
But they shoutedCXCV all the more,CXCVI “Let him be crucified!”
24 So when Pilate saw that he could doCXCVII nothing, but rather that a riotCXCVIII was beginning, he took some water and washedCXCIX his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.”
25 Then the people as a whole answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”CC 26 So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
27 Then the soldiersCCI of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters,CCII and they gathered the whole cohortCCIII around him. 28 They strippedCCIV him and putCCV a scarletCCVI robeCCVII on him,
29 and after twisting some thorns into a crown,CCVIII they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mockedCCIX him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
30 They spat on him, and took the reed and struckCCX him on the head. 31 After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
32 As they went out, they came upon a man from CyreneCCXI namedCCXII Simon;CCXIII they compelledCCXIV this man to carry his cross.CCXV 33 And when they came to a place called GolgothaCCXVI (which means Place of a Skull),CCXVII 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall;CCXVIII but when he tastedCCXIX it, he would not drink it.
35 And when they had crucified him, they dividedCCXX his clothes among themselves by casting lots;CCXXI, CCXXII 36 then they sat down there and kept watchCCXXIII over him. 37 Over his head they put the chargeCCXXIV against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”
38 Then two banditsCCXXV were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.CCXXVI 39 Those who passed by deridedCCXXVII him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, saveCCXXVIII yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believeCCXXIX in him. 43 He trustsCCXXX in God; let God deliverCCXXXI him now, if he wants to; for he said, ‘I am God’s Son.’” 44 The bandits who were crucifiedCCXXXII with him also tauntedCCXXXIII him in the same way.
45 From noonCCXXXIV on, darknessCCXXXV came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.CCXXXVI 46 And about three o’clock Jesus criedCCXXXVII with a loud voice, “Eli, CCXXXVIII Eli, lema sabachthani?”CCXXXIX that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsakenCCXL me?”
47 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.”CCXLI 48 At once one of them ran and got a sponge,CCXLII filled it with sour wine,CCXLIII put it on a stick,CCXLIV and gave it to him to drink.
49 But the others said, “Wait,CCXLV let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.”CCXLVI 50 Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.CCXLVII
52 The tombsCCLV also were opened, and many bodies of the saintsCCLVI who had fallen asleepCCLVII were raised. 53 After his resurrectionCCLVIII they came out of the tombs and entered the holyCCLIX city and appearedCCLX to many.
54 Now when the centurionCCLXI and those with him, who were keeping watchCCLXII over Jesus, saw the earthquakeCCLXIII and what took place, they were terrifiedCCLXIV and said, “TrulyCCLXV this man was God’s Son!”
55 Many women were also there, looking onCCLXVI from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had providedCCLXVII for him. 56 Among them were MaryCCLXVIII Magdalene,CCLXIX and Mary the mother of JamesCCLXX and Joseph,CCLXXI and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
57 When it was evening, there came a richCCLXXII man from Arimathea,CCLXXIII namedCCLXXIV Joseph, who was also a discipleCCLXXV of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.
59 So Joseph took the body and wrappedCCLXXVI it in a cleanCCLXXVII linen cloth 60 and laid it in his own newCCLXXVIII tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.CCLXXIX
62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the PhariseesCCLXXX gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostorCCLXXXI said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 Therefore command the tomb to be made secureCCLXXXII until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away,CCLXXXIII and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deceptionCCLXXXIV would be worseCCLXXXV than the first.”
Image Credit: “Crucifixion” by M. Hildreth Meire, 1930.