ON THURSDAY Jesus sent Peter and John into Jerusalem to secure a room for the Passover celebration and to make preparations for the meal; He joined His apostles at dusk, the time set for the Paschal feast, and quieted a dispute about precedence by washing their feet, a startling lesson in humility. While they were dining, He instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist, giving them His Body and Blood as spiritual food under the signs of bread and wine. Toward the end of the feast He began a long discourse warning them of trials to come and assuring them of His love and protection. As they left the room and walked toward Mount Olivet, He continued to speak of these things; concluding this discourse, He prayed to the Father for Himself, the apostles, and for His followers through the ages. On reaching the Garden, He asked the disciples to watch with Him, but they fell asleep and He prayed and suffered alone until the Jewish officials, led by Judas, came to seize Him. Taken first to the house of Annas, the high priest emeritus, He was briefly interrogated and then sent to Caiphas, the actual high priest, whose house apparently adjoined that of Annas. Brought before Caiphas, Jesus was tried in an informal session of the Sanhedrin and condemned as liable to death for blasphemy. While awaiting a formal hearing and sentence, He was turned over to Caiphas’ guards, who tormented Him for the rest of the night. As the guards led Him out to the courtyard, He saw Peter, who had been lingering there and who was telling the attendants, for the third time, that he had no connection with Christ and did not know Him; thus was fulfilled His prophecy that Peter would deny Him three times that night.
Information from The Life of Christ “Our Lord’s Life with Lesson in His Own Words for Our Life Today” The Catholic Press, Inc. 1959 © 1954 edited by Reverend John P. O’Connell, MASTD and Jex Martin, following mainly A Chronological Harmony of the Gospels by Stephen J Hartdegen OFM NIHIL OBSTAT John A McMahon; IMPRIMATUR Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago August 1, 1953. Print. Black & White Drawings by Albert H Winkler.