Luke 5

Luke 5: Peter is called to Fish

                While Jesus was in Galilee the people pressed Him to hear the word of God as He stood by the lake of Gennesaret. Jesus goes to one of the ships, which was owned by Simon and enters into the ship and has him pull a little ways away from the shore, where He could teach everyone present from a distance. After He was done speaking He commanded Simon to launch his boat out into the lake to catch some fish. Simon tells Jesus that they did not have any luck catching fish all day, but he says he will listen to Jesus. On the command of Jesus they let down the net, only to discover that the net was so filled with fish that it not only broke the net, but almost caused both ships to sink under the immense weight.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the feet of Jesus and said; “…Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him… James, and John, the sons of Zebedee… Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” (Luke 5:8-10)

                When they returned to shore, the men on the ship abandoned everyone they knew and followed Jesus. On their journeys, a leper begs to be healed and is healed by the hands of Jesus. However the fame of Him spreads throughout the land until he has a large group gathered to be healed of Him. Jesus was gathered in a house that was so crowded that a group gathered a man and lowered him in from the roof, as to get the attention of Jesus to be healed. When Jesus sees their great faith, he says; “…Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.” (Luke 5:20)

The Scribes and Pharisees are not too far away from finding fault with Jesus and mutter to themselves; “…Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” (Luke 5:21) Jesus, of course perceives their thoughts and asks them; “…What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy), I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.” (Luke 5:22-24) The Scribes and Pharisees, along with everyone else were perplexed.

Jesus continues His journey, where He meets a man named Levi, sitting outside of a tax collection office. He tells Levi to drop everything and to follow Him, Levi follows. Levi, in celebration invited Jesus, the disciples and his publican friends for a large feast at his house. The Pharisees and the Scribes take no time to call them out; “…Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?” (Luke 5:30) Jesus quickly responds to them; “…They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)

Mark 14

Mark 14: Jesus is betrayed

                After two days was the feast of the Passover in Bethany, and in the house of Simon the Leper a woman came to Jesus to anoint Him. The woman poured spikenard ointment on His head, which was very valuable at 300 pence. The Apostles murmured amongst themselves wondering why the woman wasted this ointment, instead of selling it and helping the poor.

Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said; “…Let her alone; why trouble ye her? She hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them goo: but me ye have not always.” (Mark 14:6-7)

Meanwhile, Judas Iscariot speaks to the scribes about how to deceive Jesus, and they discuss his payment for doing so. The other Apostles come to Jesus and ask Him where they should prepare for the Passover. Jesus instructs two of them to go on the first day of unleavened bread to meet a man holding a pitcher of water. Jesus instructs them to follow the man, wherever he goes. The man leads the two Apostles to a furnished room that is ready for the Passover.

                The Last Supper:

Jesus meets up with the two Apostles and partakes of the Passover and more specifically as it is more commonly known as the ‘Last Supper’. While eating, Jesus tells the Twelve that one of them who sits with them, will betray Him. All of the Apostles begin to get nervous and ask Jesus if it is ‘I’ who will betray Him. Jesus tells them that whoever it is (Jesus already knew who), it would have been better for them to not have been born.

Jesus instructs the Apostles about the Sacrament and blesses and brakes the bread and has the Apostles partake of the wine. Peter assures Jesus that he will not betray Him, Jesus tells him that before the cock crows, he will have denied Him three times.

The Apostles and Jesus leave to Gethsamane, where Jesus asks Peter, James and John to sit and keep watch, while He went to pray. Jesus walked a little ways a way, and then fell to His knees and said; “…Abba Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: neveretheless not what I will but what thou wilt.” (Mark 14:36)

Jesus goes back to find that Peter, James and John are all fast asleep. Jesus wakes them and asks them why they couldn’t even stay and keep watch for an hour. He tells them that “…The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38) Jesus left them and returned to praying; when He came back He found them to be sleeping again! Jesus speaks to the Twelve and while speaking, Judas Iscariot and a group of armed men came to arrest Jesus. Judas even had told the men that whoever he kissed, would be the man to take away.

Jesus is carried away and placed before a court, where false witnesses came and told lies about Jesus, every single one of their stories did not match each other’s stories. Immediately outside of the court Peter was found and accused of being with Jesus. But he denied having even known Jesus. After a he heard the cock crow and realizing the words of Jesus, Peter wept.