ON SUNDAY, the day after the anointing in Bethany, Jesus went on to Jerusalem. He was accompanied by cheering throngs who had heard of the resurrection of Lazarus, and His entry into the city was in the nature of a triumphal procession. That day He preached in the temple, received a delegation of Gentiles, and addressed a final exhortation to the people, a speech which was followed by the confirming voice of the Father, thundering from the heavens. After spending the night in Bethany, He returned to Jerusalem Monday morning and drove from the temple the vendors and money-changers who were turning the holy place into a business center. In the evening He again retired to Bethany.
On Tuesday He returned to Jerusalem, where His enemies beset Him with tests and challenges: the Scribes and priests brought up the question of His authority, the Pharisees proposed the enigma of the morality of Roman taxation, and the Sadducees probed His beliefs on the resurrected life. These questions occasioned several parables (the Vine-dressers, the Marriage Feast) and also a terrible denunciation of the Scribes and Pharisees. In the late afternoon He went with the disciples to Mount Olivet to spend the night in prayer. As they sat on the hillside, He warned them of the need for watchfulness both against the dangers of the imminent future and the final judgment of this world, punctuating His prophecies with the parables of the Fig Tree, the Wise and Foolish Virgins, and the Talents. On Wednesday, as the Council of the Jews met to discuss plans for seizing and executing Jesus, Judas presented himself and contracted to betray his Master to them.
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.