1. When Jesus had finished all he wanted to say, he told his disciples,

2. "You know that in two days' time it will be the Passover and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified."

3. Then the chief priests and the Jewish authorities gathered together at the palace of the High Priest whose name was Caiaphas,

4. and they agreed to trap Jesus and kill him.

5. But they said among themselves, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uprising among the people."

6. While Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,

7. a woman came up to him carrying a precious jar of expensive perfume. She poured it on Jesus' head as he was at table.

8. Seeing this the disciples became indignant, protesting, "What a useless waste!

9. The perfume could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor."

10. But Jesus was aware of this, so he said to them, "Why are you troubling this woman? What she has just done for me is indeed a good work.

11. You always have the poor with you but you will not have me forever.

12. She was preparing for my funeral when she anointed my body with this perfume.

13. Truly, I say to you: wherever the Gospel is proclaimed, all over the world, what she has done will be told in praise of her."

14. Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went off to the chief priests and said,

15. "How much will you give me if I hand him over to you?" They promised to give him thirty pieces of silver,

16. and from then on he kept looking for the best way to hand him over to them.

17. On the first day of the Festival of the Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and said to him, "Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?"

18. Jesus answered, "Go into the city, to the house of a certain man, and tell him: 'The Master says: My hour is near, and I will celebrate the Passover with my disciples in your house."

19. The disciples did as Jesus had ordered and prepared the Passover meal.

20. When it was evening, Jesus sat at table with the Twelve.

21. While they were eating, Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you: one of you will betray me."

22. They were deeply distressed and asked him in turn, "You do not mean me, do you, Lord?"

23. He answered, "He who will betray me is one of those who dips his bread in the dish with me.

24. The Son of Man is going as the Scriptures say he will. But alas for that one who betrays the Son of Man; better for him not to have been born."

25. Judas, who was betraying him, also asked, "You do not mean me, Master, do you?" Jesus replied, "You have said it."

26. While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said a blessing and broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."

27. Then he took a cup and gave thanks, and passed it to them saying, "Drink this, all of you,

28. for this is my blood, the blood of the Covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

29. Yes, I say to you: I will not taste the fruit of the vine from now until the day I drink new wine with you in my Father's kingdom."

30. After singing psalms of praise, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

31. Then Jesus said to them, "You will falter tonight because of me, and all will fall. For the Scripture says: I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.

32. But after my resurrection I will go ahead of you to Galilee."

33. Peter responded, "Even though all doubt you and fall, I will never fall."

34. Jesus replied, "Truly, I say to you: this very night before the cock crows, you will deny me three times."

35. Peter said, "Though I have to die with you, I will never deny you." And all the disciples said the same.

36. Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I go over to pray."

37. He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be filled with anguish and distress.

38. And he said to them, "My soul is filled with sorrow even to death. Remain here and stay awake with me."

39. He went a little farther and fell to the ground, with his face touching the earth, and prayed, "Father, if it is possible, take this cup away from me. Yet not what I want, but what you want."

40. He went back to his disciples and found them asleep, and he said to Peter, "Could you not stay awake with me for even an hour?

41. Stay awake and pray, so that you may not slip into temptation. The spirit indeed is eager, but human nature is weak."

42. He again went away and prayed, "Father, if this cup cannot be taken away from me without my drinking it, let your will be done."

43. When he came back to his disciples, he again found them asleep, for they could not keep their eyes open.

44. He left them and again went to pray the third time, saying the same words.

45. Then he came back to his disciples and said to them, "You can sleep on now and take your rest! The hour has come and the Son of Man is now given over into the power of sinners.

46. Get up, let us go. Look: the betrayer is here."

47. Jesus was still speaking when Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, who had been sent by the chief priests and the Jewish authorities.

48. The traitor had arranged a signal for them: "The one I kiss, he is the man; arrest him."

49. And he went directly to Jesus and said, "Good evening, Master" and he gave him a kiss.

50. But Jesus said to him, "Friend, do what you came for." Then they laid hold of Jesus and arrested him.

51. One of those who were with Jesus drew his sword and struck at the servant of the High Priest, cutting off his ear.

52. So Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place, for he who uses the sword will perish by the sword.

53. Do you not know that I could call on my Father, and he would at once send me more than twelve legions of angels.

54. If Scripture says that this has to be, should it not be fulfilled?"

55. At that moment, Jesus said to the crowd, "Why do you come to arrest me with swords and clubs, as if I were a robber? Day after day I was seated among you teaching in the Temple, yet you did not arrest me.

56. But all this has come about in fulfillment of what the Prophets said." Then all his disciples deserted him and fled.

57. Those who had arrested Jesus brought him to the house of the High Priest Caiaphas, where the teachers of the Law and the Jewish authorities were assembled.

58. Peter followed him at a distance as far as the courtyard of the High Priest; he entered and sat with the guards, waiting to see the end.

59. The chief priests and the whole Supreme Council needed some false evidence against Jesus, so that they might put him to death.

60. But they were unable to find any, even though false witnesses came forward.

61. At last, two men came up and declared, "This man said: I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days."

62. The High Priest then stood up and asked Jesus, "Have you no answer at all? What is this evidence against you?"

63. But Jesus kept silent. So the High Priest said to him, "In the name of the living God, I command you to tell us: Are you the Messiah, the Son of God?"

64. Jesus answered, "It is just as you say. I tell you more: from now on, you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Most Powerful God and coming on the clouds of heaven."

65. Then the High Priest tore his clothes, saying, "He has blasphemed. What more evidence do we need? You have just heard these blasphemous words.

66. What is your decision?" They answered, "He must die!"

67. Then they began to spit on Jesus and slap him while others hit him with their fists,

68. saying, "Messiah, prophesy! Who hit you?"

69. Meanwhile, as Peter sat outside in the courtyard, a young servant-girl of the house said to him, "You also were with Jesus of Galilee."

70. But he denied it before everyone, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about."

71. And as Peter was going out to the gateway, another servant-girl saw him and told the bystanders, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth."

72. Peter denied it again with an oath, swearing, "I do not know that man."

73. After a little while, those who were standing there approached Peter and said to him, "Of course you are one of the Galileans; your accent gives you away."

74. Peter began justifying himself with curses and oaths protesting that he did not know the man. Just then a cock crowed.

75. And Peter remembered the words of Jesus, "Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times." And he went away weeping bitterly.

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