The second podcast completing Chapter Fourteen of St Mark’s Gospel, focusing on verses 32-72, starts with Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested. He is brought before the council and many stand and bare false witness against him.
Chapter Fourteen concludes with Peter denying Jesus as was foretold earlier in the day.
Reading Mark in Advent is an 18-part podcast series that sees us upload a chapter of Mark’s Gospel each weekday of the season.
With a global pandemic sweeping the world and lockdowns and restrictions placed on our everyday living – not to mention patterns of worship and prayer – this is very much “the Word in Lockdown”.
But the Word of God is never locked down, isolated and contained. As Pope Francis says:
“The word of God is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12); it does not die, nor does it age, but it remains for ever (cf. 1 Peter 1:25). It stays young in the presence of all that passes away (cf. Matthew 25:35) and preserves those who put it into practice from inner aging.”