The Sunday of the Passion
Eternal Father, Your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ fulfilled your will by taking our nature and giving his life for us: help us to follow the example of his humility by walking in the way of the cross; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.
READING ISAIAH 50: 4-9a
7 The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand in court together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.
9 It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?
READING PHILIPPIANS 2: 5-11
5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped,
7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, assuming human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a human,
8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
GOSPEL according to Matthew 26: 14- 27: 66
14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
15 and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver.
16 And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
20 When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve;
21 and while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
22 And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?”
23 He answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.
24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.”
25 Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” He replied, “You have said so.”
31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
32 But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”
33 Peter said to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.”
34 Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.”
35 Peter said to him, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples.
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
39 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.”
44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.
45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46: Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
Go now and follow Christ in obedience.
Have the same mind as was in Christ Jesus;
Keep your ears open to God’s teaching;
Be humble, even in the face of hostility
and do not turn back.