Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin

Opening Prayer

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you; by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. Help us to walk in your steps. Amen.

Reflection Questions

  1. Not to be missed, “When day came…” is an intro that speaks to a long night. When was your last “long night?”
  2. What was something you struggled to believe when it was first shared to you? 
  3.  Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? What was that like?

The Sacred Story

Luke 22:66-71

When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”

Jesus before the Sanhedrin

Jose de Madrazo, 1803

Take a moment and study this painting. What do you see? What does it elicit inside of you? As is often the case in painting, look at the contrast between the light and the dark elements of the painting–they tell a story.

A Prayer

Lord Jesus, you were brought before the religious leaders who were supposed to be close to you and draw others towards the Father. We confess the times in our lives when we have pushed people away from you. We own the times we have betrayed and the pain of when we have been betrayed. Help us to see you as the Great I Am at all times. Amen.