In the Lectionary

April 14, Passion Sunday C (Luke 22:14-23:56)

We recognize ourselves in those who accompany Jesus on that longest, hardest night.

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Pity the disciples. The whirlwind has come upon them, and they are unable to see it for what it is. They remain a few steps behind Jesus throughout this longest and hardest week. By the time they catch up it’s too late.

Foolish disciples. Jesus pours his heart out to them over dinner. In words and signs, he communicates that death is coming closer. His suffering is about to begin. He breaks the bread and shares the cup one last time with his beloved friends. He tells them that one among them will betray him. They fret a bit about which one that might be—and then immediately begin to argue about who among them will be called the greatest.