2 - Jesus betrayed by Judas and arrested

            We adore you O Christ and we bless you

All        because by your holy cross

you have redeemed the world.


Bible Reading - Mark 14:43-46

Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.’ 45So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, ‘Rabbi!’ and kissed him. 46Then they laid hands on him and arrested him.



There is a story of Jesus talking to his father in heaven.  He was prepared for everything but that kiss.  Betrayal with a kiss is betrayal indeed.  Of all the signals, that hurt most.  How false had Judas been all this time?  He pretended to be one of them and at one with them and yet all along he was a double agent, he would not stop at anything to get what he wanted, even betrayal with a kiss.  If he had wanted to spark a revolution and force Jesus to fight, surely a different signal would have served, one that gave the alarm from a distance so that they had chance to arm themselves ready for a fight.  No this is deceptively deliberate.  The intention is capture.  It is fitting that betrayal is part of Jesus’ passion because it is part of life and therefore needs to be brought within the scope of redemption.


Lord Jesus,

we give you thanks and praise

for you had to endure betrayal from one close to you.

Heal the hurts of betrayal and mistrust that injure us

and lead us to trust in your unfailing love.  Amen.



            O Saviour of the world

who by your cross and precious blood redeemed us

All        Save us and help us we humbly beseech you, O Lord.