Tuesday, March 14
Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?”
Instinctively, I thought how much fun it was for Jesus to say “put away the sword, I can handle this,” what with his legions of angels and anticipated martyrdom. It’s difficult for me to hold my tongue or not lash out or, even if I stay quiet and still, to not be spiteful or angry. Isn’t it against all of our natures to sit back and let bad things happen? We react. I, at least, can’t always follow in the passive resistance Jesus is advocating. But then I know that it is not just at this moment in the Passion that scriptures are meant to be fulfilled, it is in how we live, every day.
Let us pray…I thank you, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.