- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Chapter 14 describes Jesus getting into his Passion.
The Passover was one of three Jewish feasts, commemorating exodus event. The other two were the feast of Pentecost, and the feast of Tabernacles. The feast of Unleavened Bread was seven days following Passover. .
Anointed Jesus (3-11) — As anointing on head belonged to the designation of kings in Jewish history, the woman’s act was seen as symbolic recognition that Jesus was King of Israel. Jesus himself regarded it as preparation for his burial, which was the completion of his redemptive work of God as suffering messiah, the King. Some saw it as waste, and Judah Iscariot went out to betray Jesus.
The Last Supper and Messianic act (12- 31) — Messianic act of Jesus was shown in this chapter in the way he asked disciples how to find a room for Passover feast, and Jesus turned a typical Passover meal to the Last Supper, a sacramental meal of his own body and blood, sign of new covenant to be remembered until he comes (25). Third messianic act of Jesus was his prediction on Peter’s denial before the rooster crowed twice. Other Synaptic gospel witnessed differently. “Before rooster crows, you will disown me three times,” (Matthew 26:34; Luke 22:34).
Jesus prayer at Gethsemane (32-42) —- Jess struggled as human for incoming suffering. But he submitted himself to complete God’s salvation through him. Three disciples represented all human being to weak, to tired and sleepy to participate in the suffering of Jesus. Jesus prayed three times, his disciples fell asleep three times. We are in need of Jesus all the times, his mercy and grace.
Jesus arrested (43-52) —- Juda Iscariot gave Jesus a kiss of death. Jesus did not approve a man act, using sword and cut off the ear of a servant of the high priest. Jesus showed nonviolence against violent act.
Trial of Jesus (53-65) —- The Sanhedrin, meaning assembly or council, was a body of twenty three or seventy one rabbis who were appointed to sit as judges in every city in the ancient Israel. High priest, the chief priests, elders and teachers of the law were accusers and Jesus accused. Accusers’ evidence did not agree (v.55, 56, 57, and 59). This trial was pre-determined to death sentence for blasphemy for what Jesus answered (62)
Peter’s denial (66-72) — Jesus’ messianic prediction came on Peter, his denial. He wept bitterly.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?”
- How do you think we deny Jesus in life? In word and deed?
- How do we live by mercy and grace of God amidst our weakness?
- Pray God that the God’s word today be the way, the life, and