"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Maundy Thursday – [26-50 prayer in Gethsemane & arrest]
Good Friday - Crucifixion
Mark 14:12-25 Commentary
by Paul S. Berge
The evangelist Mark has provided a profound way into the passion narrative.
We previously covered the Palm Sunday entry into the city of Jerusalem in 11:1-10, and the anointing of Jesus for burial in 14:3-11. In between these texts, Jesus is challenging the religious authorities in the temple (11:11-12:44) and teaching outside the temple to teach about its imminent destruction (13:1-31) and his own death (13:32-37). The chapter concludes with a timetable in which the future is imminent in the passion narrative that unfolds in chapters 14 and 15.
Jesus' warning call to "beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come" (13:33) leads into the events of the passion. Jesus teaches with a parable of a man who has gone on a journey and left his household servants in charge. The doorkeeper is charged with being on watch for the master of the house to come, "in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn" (13:35). Jesus' admonition calls for the servant not to be found sleeping: "And what I say to you (twelve disciples) I say to all (readers ...
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Summer 2020 Readings
2020-21 Readings (Year 3)
The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. Read more.
Narrative Lectionary 033: Palm Sunday - entry to Jerusalem.
April 05, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is Maundy Thursday: Mark 14:12-25.