Pope Francis: The Lord’s Passion And Via Crucis FIRST STATION: SOMETHING WENT WRONG??

Jesus is condemned to death
Intimacy, betrayal, condemnation


From the Gospel according to Luke

“This is my body, which is given for you… This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood”.[2]

From the Gospel according to Mark

“Pilate spoke to them again, ‘Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews’. They shouted back, ‘Crucify him!’. Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified”.[3]


I just celebrated Passover with my disciples. I had eagerly desired this:[4] my last Passover, before the passion, before my return to you! But then something went wrong. The devil put it in the heart of one of my disciples to betray me.[5] In the garden of Gethsemane he came up to me. With a sign of love he said, “Greetings, Rabbi!”. And he kissed me.[6] How bitter was that moment!

During the meal, I asked you, Father, to protect my disciples in your name, that they may be one, as we are one.[7]


Jesus, even more than your first disciples, we are weak in faith. We too risk betraying you, while your love should make us love you all the more.

We need prayer, watchfulness, sincerity and truth. That is how our faith can grow. A faith which is strong and full of joy.


Protected by the Eucharist

“May your body and blood, Lord Jesus, protect us for eternal life”.[8]

May this miracle take place for our priests who celebrate the Eucharist and for all of us, the faithful who approach the altar to receive you, the living bread come down from heaven.

All: Pater noster… Stabat Mater

[1] Cf. Mt 1:24.
[2] Lk 22:19-20.
[3] Mk 15:12-13,15.
[4] Cf. Lk 22:15.
[5] Cf. Jn 13:9.
[6] Cf. Mt 26:49.
[7] Cf. Jn 17:11.
[8] Cf. Roman Missal, Rite of Communion, Prayer of the Celebrant. Cf. Jn 6:53-58; Eph 2:4-6.