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Today’s Reading: Luke 22:35-46

35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no purse or bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now, let him who has a purse take it, and likewise a bag. And let him who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me, And he was reckoned with transgressors’; for what is written about me has its fulfilment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

39 And he came out, and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, remove this chalice from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

 

Today’s Commentary:

reckoned with transgressors: Jesus views his ensuing Passion through the lens of OT prophecy. In particular, he excerpts from Isaiah’s vision of the Suffering Servant (Is 53:12).

drops of blood: The extreme distress of Jesus’ soul is manifest through his body.

Although Christ is a Divine Person, the human nature he has assumed gives him the full capacity to suffer and die as a man (Heb 2:14-15).

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