To Annas: Day 20 of Lent

12 So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him.

13 First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.

15 Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16 but 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.

John 18:12-16

Also in Matthew 26:57-58; Mark 14:53-54; Luke 22:54.












No comment, Lord.


In our hierarchies,

the higher echelons of church authority, whom you know can matter more than what; and it is not unknown among us, like Annas, to keep it in the family!


Nor is it unknown among us for those in authority or government to compromise a principle in their own interest, or to sacrifice someone else for what suits them…

and call it expedient.


We pray for all in authority over us:


foster integrity in them, deliver them from self-interest, confound corruption, and sustain them when the decisions are hard.


And again we pray for our families, those whom we know best who matter most to us.


We are so concerned about their well-being that perhaps we are too earthbound and shortsighted in our hopes for them.


As we name them one by one and hold them in our faith and love,


we pray

the best that can possibly be for them.




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