Desertion: 3rd Sunday of Lent

Third Sunday



48 Then Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 All of them deserted him and fled.

51 A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.

Mark 14:48-52















Also in Matthew 26:55-56; Luke 22:52-53; John 18:4-9.


That’s Mark, Lord, that was!


It’s good to know he was there, teenage eyewitness, following from his mother’s house in the secrecy of the bushes; it underlines his later record, a signature to his Gospel.


I can understand his running away.


They all ran away:

I can understand that very well too.


But what is almost beyond my understanding is you, Lord:


I saw you wrestling with doubt and all those other dark forces;


now you stand

calm, controlled, caring, confident,


handing yourself over

to the agents of those same dark forces.


Now you are utterly alone

…    and go deeper into the darkness

. . beyond where we could go

…    for our sakes.


Such love is too wonderful for me.


Jesus of Gethsemane, I adore you.




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