14 Apr 2017
For 14 April 2017, Good Friday, based on John 18:16-27
Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. The woman said to Peter, â€œYou are not also one of this manâ€™s disciples, are you?â€ He said, â€œI am not.â€ Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself. Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus answered, â€œI have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.â€ When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, â€œIs that how you answer the high priest?â€ Jesus answered, â€œIf I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?â€ Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, â€œYou are not also one of his disciples, are you?â€ He denied it and said, â€œI am not.â€ One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, â€œDid I not see you in the garden with him?â€ Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.