Wednesday in the Holy Week

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


Isa 62:11,63:1-7

See, the LORD proclaims to the ends of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, your savior comes! Here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. Who is this that comes from Edom, in crimsoned garments, from Bozrah- This one arrayed in majesty, marching in the greatness of his strength? "It is I, I who announce vindication, I who am mighty to save." Why is your apparel red, and your garments like those of the wine presser? "The wine press I have trodden alone, and of my people there was no one with me. I trod them in my anger, and trampled them down in my wrath; Their blood spurted on my garments; all my apparel I stained. For the day of vengeance was in my heart, my year for redeeming was at hand. I looked about, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that there was no one to lend support; So my own arm brought about the victory and my own wrath lent me its support. I trampled down the peoples in my anger, I crushed them in my wrath, and I let their blood run out upon the ground." The favors of the LORD I will recall, the glorious deeds of the LORD, Because of all he has done for us; for he is good to the house of Israel, He has favored us according to his mercy and his great kindness.


Isa 53:1-12

Who would believe what we have heard? To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot from the parched earth; There was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him, nor appearance that would attract us to him. He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, One of those from whom men hide their faces, spurned, and we held him in no esteem. Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; But the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all. Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth; Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, he was silent and opened not his mouth. Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away, and who would have thought any more of his destiny? When he was cut off from the land of the living, and smitten for the sin of his people, A grave was assigned him among the wicked and a burial place with evildoers, Though he had done no wrong nor spoken any falsehood. (But the LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity.) If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him. Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days; Through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear. Therefore I will give him his portion among the great, and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty, Because he surrendered himself to death and was counted among the wicked; And he shall take away the sins of many, and win pardon for their offenses.


Lc 22:1-71,23:1-53

was drawing near. and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to put him to death. for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered into Judas. the one surnamed Iscariot. who was counted among the Twelve. and he went to the chief priests and temple guards to discuss a plan for handing him over to them. They were pleased and agreed to pay him money. He accepted their offer and sought a favorable opportunity to hand him over to them in the absence of a crowd. When the day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread arrived. the day for sacrificing the Passover lamb. he sent out Peter and John. instructing them. "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover." They asked him. "Where do you want us to make the preparations?" And he answered them. "When you go into the city. a man will meet you carrying a jar of water. Follow him into the house that he enters and say to the master of the house. 'The teacher says to you. "Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"' He will show you a large upper room that is furnished. Make the preparations there." Then they went off and found everything exactly as he had told them. and there they prepared the Passover. When the hour came. he took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them. "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. for. I tell you. I shall not eat it (again) until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God." Then he took a cup. gave thanks. and said. "Take this and share it among yourselves. for I tell you (that) from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." Then he took the bread. said the blessing. broke it. and gave it to them. saying. "This is my body. which will be given for you. do this in memory of me." And likewise the cup after they had eaten. saying. "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. which will be shed for you. "And yet behold. the hand of the one who is to betray me is with me on the table. for the Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined. but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed." And they began to debate among themselves who among them would do such a deed. Then an argument broke out among them about which of them should be regarded as the greatest. He said to them. "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them and those in authority over them are addressed as 'Benefactors'. but among you it shall not be so. Rather. let the greatest among you be as the youngest. and the leader as the servant. For who is greater. the one seated at table or the one who serves? Is it not the one seated at table? I am among you as the one who serves. It is you who have stood by me in my trials. and I confer a kingdom on you. just as my Father has conferred one on me. that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. "Simon. Simon. behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat. but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail. and once you have turned back. you must strengthen your brothers." He said to him. "Lord. I am prepared to go to prison and to die with you." But he replied. "I tell you. Peter. before the cock crows this day. you will deny three times that you know me." He said to them. "When I sent you forth without a money bag or a sack or sandals. were you in need of anything?" "No. nothing." they replied. He said to them. "But now one who has a money bag should take it. and likewise a sack. and one who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in me. namely. 'He was counted among the wicked'. and indeed what is written about me is coming to fulfillment." Then they said. "Lord. look. there are two swords here." But he replied. "It is enough!" Then going out he went. as was his custom. to the Mount of Olives. and the disciples followed him. When he arrived at the place he said to them. "Pray that you may not undergo the test." After withdrawing about a stone's throw from them and kneeling. he prayed. saying. "Father. if you are willing. take this cup away from me. still. not my will but yours be done." (And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him. He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.) When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples. he found them sleeping from grief. He said to them. "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not undergo the test." While he was still speaking. a crowd approached and in front was one of the Twelve. a man named Judas. He went up to Jesus to kiss him. Jesus said to him. "Judas. are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" His disciples realized what was about to happen. and they asked. "Lord. shall we strike with a sword?" And one of them struck the high priest's servant and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said in reply. "Stop. no more of this!" Then he touched the servant's ear and healed him. And Jesus said to the chief priests and temple guards and elders who had come for him. "Have you come out as against a robber. with swords and clubs? Day after day I was with you in the temple area. and you did not seize me. but this is your hour. the time for the power of darkness." After arresting him they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter was following at a distance. They lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it. and Peter sat down with them. When a maid saw him seated in the light. she looked intently at him and said. "This man too was with him." But he denied it saying. "Woman. I do not know him." A short while later someone else saw him and said. "You too are one of them". but Peter answered. "My friend. I am not." About an hour later. still another insisted. "Assuredly. this man too was with him. for he also is a Galilean." But Peter said. "My friend. I do not know what you are talking about." Just as he was saying this. the cock crowed. and the Lord turned and looked at Peter. and Peter remembered the word of the Lord. how he had said to him. "Before the cock crows today. you will deny me three times." He went out and began to weep bitterly. The men who held Jesus in custody were ridiculing and beating him. They blindfolded him and questioned him. saying. "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?" And they reviled him in saying many other things against him. When day came the council of elders of the people met. both chief priests and scribes. and they brought him before their Sanhedrin. They said. "If you are the Messiah. tell us." but he replied to them. "If I tell you. you will not believe. and if I question. you will not respond. But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God." They all asked. "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied to them. "You say that I am." Then they said. "What further need have we for testimony? We have heard it from his own mouth." Then the whole assembly of them arose and brought him before Pilate. They brought charges against him. saying. "We found this man misleading our people. he opposes the payment of taxes to Caesar and maintains that he is the Messiah. a king." Pilate asked him. "Are you the king of the Jews?" He said to him in reply. "You say so." Pilate then addressed the chief priests and the crowds. "I find this man not guilty." But they were adamant and said. "He is inciting the people with his teaching throughout all Judea. from Galilee where he began even to here." On hearing this Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. and upon learning that he was under Herod's jurisdiction. he sent him to Herod who was in Jerusalem at that time. Herod was very glad to see Jesus. he had been wanting to see him for a long time. for he had heard about him and had been hoping to see him perform some sign. He questioned him at length. but he gave him no answer. The chief priests and scribes. meanwhile. stood by accusing him harshly. (Even) Herod and his soldiers treated him contemptuously and mocked him. and after clothing him in resplendent garb. he sent him back to Pilate. Herod and Pilate became friends that very day. even though they had been enemies formerly. Pilate then summoned the chief priests. the rulers. and the people and said to them. "You brought this man to me and accused him of inciting the people to revolt. I have conducted my investigation in your presence and have not found this man guilty of the charges you have brought against him. nor did Herod. for he sent him back to us. So no capital crime has been committed by him. Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him." . But all together they shouted out. "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us." (Now Barabbas had been imprisoned for a rebellion that had taken place in the city and for murder.) Again Pilate addressed them. still wishing to release Jesus. but they continued their shouting. "Crucify him! Crucify him!" Pilate addressed them a third time. "What evil has this man done? I found him guilty of no capital crime. Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him." With loud shouts. however. they persisted in calling for his crucifixion. and their voices prevailed. The verdict of Pilate was that their demand should be granted. So he released the man who had been imprisoned for rebellion and murder. for whom they asked. and he handed Jesus over to them to deal with as they wished. As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon. a Cyrenian. who was coming in from the country. and after laying the cross on him. they made him carry it behind Jesus. A large crowd of people followed Jesus. including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said. "Daughters of Jerusalem. do not weep for me. weep instead for yourselves and for your children.