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Gospel: Mk 14:1—15:47.
…it is through this paschal mystery, the passion, death and resurrection of Christ – which reversed this original disobedience of Adam by the ultimate obedience of Christ to His Father’s will. Throughout the passion, which we hear this morning, we see the Evil One’s attempts to thwart this plan of salvation. We see the betrayal of Judas, we see in spite of their protestations – the abandonment of all the apostles, even Peter. We see the false testimony, the condemnation by Pilot, the humiliation by the Praetorian Guard, the scourging and crowning with thorns, the torture of crucifixion – all of these sufferings were the attempts of the Evil One to get Jesus to say “No, I will not do it. I cannot do it.” Just as, so long ago, Adam and Eve were tempted to disobey God the Father.