The Last Supper
When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles.
He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer,
for, I tell you, I shall not eat it [again] until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves;
for I tell you [that] from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.
The Betrayal Foretold
“And yet behold, the hand of the one who is to betray me is with me on the table;
for the Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed.” And they began to debate among themselves who among them would do such a deed.
The Role of the Disciples
Then an argument broke out among them about which of them should be regarded as the greatest.
He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them and those in authority over them are addressed as ‘Benefactors’;
but among you it shall not be so. Rather, let the greatest among you be as the youngest, and the leader as the servant.
For who is greater: the one seated at table or the one who serves? Is it not the one seated at table? I am among you as the one who serves.
It is you who have stood by me in my trials;
and I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father has conferred one on me,
that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Peter’s Denial Foretold
“Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat,
but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.”
He said to him, “Lord, I am prepared to go to prison and to die with you.”
But he replied, “I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows this day, you will deny three times that you know me.”
Instructions for the Time of Crisis
He said to them, “When I sent you forth without a money bag or a sack or sandals, were you in need of anything?” “No, nothing,” they replied.
He said to them, “But now one who has a money bag should take it, and likewise a sack, and one who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one.
For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in me, namely, ‘He was counted among the wicked’; and indeed what is written about me is coming to fulfillment.”
Then they said, “Lord, look, there are two swords here.” But he replied, “It is enough!”