Jesus’ Hour


Artist: Franz Stuck
Completion Date: 1913

Good Friday, March 29, 2013

John 18:1—19:42

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Every hour of this day is as the sacred hour of Jesus that has come. Be moved at every moment by a holy awareness that Jesus died for you. I suggest that you take chapters 18 and 19 of the Gospel of John, dividing each one into two parts, creating four sacred quarters of the day. Be with Jesus as the movements of his passion take place. Be in the crowd, but close to Jesus in fidelity, lest distance from him draw you into the courts of temptation, as happened for Peter.

1) 6 am (or on rising) – Arrest, Trial, Denial of Peter – 18:1-27

2) 9 am – Jesus and Pilate – 18:28-40

3) 12 pm – Scourging, Crown of Thorns, Crucifixion – 19:1-30

4) 3 pm – Piercing the Side; Burial – 19:31-42

Be with Jesus. Let him change you. Note the points of irony. Dwell on all the meanings of the final words of Jesus.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
I am he: the one you seek 18:5
My kingdom not from this world 18:36
Head bowed, gave up his spirit 19:30
Blood and water flowing out 19:34

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