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Individual Scripture Meditation Guide : Mar 04



Each day, find a quiet place, take five deep breaths, and invite the Spirit to be your guide. Read the passage slowly, out loud if possible. Engage it through the lens of the day, taking notes if helpful. To close, always return to deep breathing and rest for a few quiet minutes in God’s all-loving presence.


March 4 - 10 | Betrayal

John 18:12-27

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

13First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people. 15Simon 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, 16but 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. 17The woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.”18Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself. 19Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. 20Jesus answered, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. 21Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.” 22When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” 23Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” 24Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.25Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, “You are not also one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” 26One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” 27Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.


Practice Lectio Divina:
After reading the passage, notice and reflect on what stands out to you. (What does it bring up for you? What might the Spirit want to talk about with you?) Respond truthfully, perhaps with a question, gratitude, or resolution.

Meditate on Jesus in this scene:
Get curious about this passage’s setting, people, power dynamics, threats, and dedication, and about Jesus‘ inner and outer posture through it.

Explore How Love is under this Pressure Today:
Contemplate thispressure as it surfaces in the national or global news, in work or institutions, in relationships or families.

Identify with this pressure in your life:
Where have you experienced this? What does it feel like? What happens to you under this pressure? How might Love lead you through it?

Cultivate compassion and action:
What person or people do you know who are under this pressure? How might you support them with prayers or resolve to act?

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