Sunday, April 9, 2017
Matthew 26:14-27:66 • Sunday of the Passion

The story is at first so familiar: Judas bargaining with the chief priests; the disciples preparing for the Passover meal; Jesus taking his place with the twelve, saying, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me;” Jesus sharing his body and his blood; Peter assuring Jesus he will not deny him; Jesus praying in the garden.

And then so very disturbing: the betrayal, the swords, the desertion, the spitting and striking, the courtyard and cock crow, the accusing of Jesus and releasing of Barabbus, the crown of thorns and cross, the darkness and sour wine, Jesus’ loud cry and last breath, the curtain of the temple and the centurion, the clean cloth and new tomb.

And at last, at least for today: the sealed stone.