- 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.
Read Luke 22: 39-71
The prayer on the Mount of Olives (39-46) —- “As usual,” or “as he was accustomed,” indicates that prayer was important part of Jesus’ life and ministry, making regular time to commune with his Father. Jesus’ prayer on the Mount of Olives revealed that Jesus was human and divine. As human he prayed in anguish for suffering and death that would fall on him. As divine Jesus knew his Father’s will to be done through him. He was aided by heavenly host, angels, but his disciples were exhausted from sorrow and they slept. The scene on the Mount of Olives was a prelude of the Passion of Jesus.
Jesus arrested (47-53) —- “Kiss,” was a sign of friendship and hospitality in Jesus’ time and still is in near East today. Judah turned his kiss to that of betrayal. One of disciples, Peter according to the Gospel of John (John 18:10), draw a sword and cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest. But it was not God’s will. Non-violence was the way Jesus taught to fight against evil.
Peter denied Jesus (54-65) —- Jesus predicted Peter’s denial three times. (22:34). It was his messianic prophesy. Luke recorded that Peter denied Jesus to three different persons, to a woman, to a man and to another man. Peter’s bitter weeping for denying Jesus was a sign of regret and repentance, a seed to grow to be a great apostle later (John 21: 15-23)
Jesus before the Council (66-71) —- The Council was the Sanhedrin, Jewish court with assembly of twenty three or seventy one rabbis, in every city. “If you are the Christ,” “Are you then the Son of God?” were questions that the Council charged Jesus as blasphemy. “I am” is ego eimi, meaning, yes I am, I am who I am. Jesus’ answer paralleled to “Jehovah,” which God revealed God’s name to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). Jesus revealed who he was, the Messiah. But the Council did not see him that way because they did not believe Jesus.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Reflection; “How do you set a time to pray regularly as usual?”
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.