The Last Supper

Then, on the first day of Unleavened Bread, traditionally the day when the Passover lamb was to be sacrificed, Jesus called to Peter & John and said, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat of it.”  In return they asked him, “Where would you like us to make preparations for […]

Where the Work is … (04/30/16)

“We all came into being to become steadily flowing proclamations of Love in the face of fear, Justice in the face of corruption, and Compassion in the face of callousness … As such, wherever Love & Justice & Compassion are not, THAT is where our Work can always be found.” ~ inspired by Ram Dass […]

To Gethsemane …

Then, after Jesus had spoken these words and they had all sung the Passover hymn, they departed, walking across the Kidron Valley towards the Mount of Olives, as was Jesus’ custom.  [Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26, Luke 22:39 & John 18:1a]   While they were underway, Jesus turned to them and said, “Now the Son of […]

In Gethsemane …

After they had arrived at their destination (a garden called Gethsemane) and entered there, Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go pray, and pray yourselves that you might not come into the time of trial.” [Matthew 26:36, Mark 14:32, Luke 22:40 & John 18:1b]  He then took with him Peter and James […]

Jesus’ Inquisition & Peter’s 3 Denials …

On the way to taking Jesus to the home of the high priest (Caiaphas, who was the one who had advised the Jews that it was wise to have one person die for the people), the crowd stopped briefly at the house of Annas, Caiaphas father-in-law and the previous high priest.  [John 18:12-14]   Now […]

Pilate’s Cross-examination …

Shortly after arriving at Pilate’s headquarters (but not entering that place, as otherwise they would be ritually unclean and not be able to partake of the Passover meal), Pilate came out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” And they answered, “If this man were not a criminal, we would […]

The Festival of Forgiveness …

Now it just so happened that it was a personal tradition of Pilate’s during this festival for him to release a single prisoner; anyone the crowd demanded.   So the crowd raised its voice and began to ask Pilate to honor this custom.   And at that time a man named Jesus Barabbas was in prison with […]

Enduring the Soldiers’ Abuse …

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the inner courtyard of governor’s headquarters and had the whole cohort gather around him.  There, they once again stripped him naked, and – after first dressing him in a scarlet chlamus [a short, military cloak; see Matthew 27:28], they once again draped the purple robe about […]

What our Souls are made of … (04/24/16)

“Whatever our Souls are made of, his and mine are the same …” ~ anonymous

The Crucifixion …

And then, after Jesus retrieved his cross from Simon the Cyrene [John 19:17a], they led him on to Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull).  And once they arrived there, they offered him sour wine mixed with gall, and he did taste its bitterness, but would not drink it down. And then they offered him […]

To the Tomb …

Now since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, especially because that particular Sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken so their bodies could be removed more quickly.  And Pilate […]