On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread,
when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb,
Jesus’ disciples asked him,
“Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
So he sent two of his disciples, telling them,
“Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you.
Say to the owner of the house he enters,
‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room,
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’
He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready.
Make preparations for us there.”
The disciples left, went into the city
and found things just as Jesus had told them.
So they prepared the Passover.
When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve.
While they were reclining at the table eating, he said,
“Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”
They were saddened, and one by one they said to him,
“Surely you don’t mean me?”
“It is one of the Twelve,” he replied,
“one who dips bread into the bowl with me.
The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.
But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man!
It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
While they were eating, Jesus took bread,
and when he had given thanks,
he broke it and gave it to his disciples,
saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup,
and when he had given thanks,
he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many,” he said to them.
“Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine
until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
“You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:
“‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’
But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered,
“today — yes, tonight — before the rooster crows twice
you yourself will disown me three times.”
But Peter insisted emphatically,
“Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.”
And all the others said the same.
They went to a place called Gethsemane,
and Jesus said to his disciples,
“Sit here while I pray.”
He took Peter, James and John along with him,
and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.
“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them.
“Stay here and keep watch.”
Going a little farther, he fell to the ground
and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.
“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you.
Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping.
“Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep?
Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Once more he went away and prayed the same thing.
When he came back, he again found them sleeping,
because their eyes were heavy.
They did not know what to say to him.
Returning the third time, he said to them,
“Are you still sleeping and resting?
Enough! The hour has come.
Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.
Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared.
With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs,
sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.
Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them:
“The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.”
Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him.
The men seized Jesus and arrested him.
Then one of those standing near drew his sword
and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
“Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus,
“that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?
Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts,
and you did not arrest me.
But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”
Then everyone deserted him and fled.
– Mark 14:12-50