We adore you O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world
They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” He replied, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” All of them asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” He said to them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it from His own lips!” (Lk 22:67-71)
Many people during Jesus’ time did not understand him. Many were frightened by what he did and said. Perhaps they sensed that this man could make a difference, that he could turn their world upside down. As a result of their biases and fears, Jesus is condemned unjustly.
That night, the soldiers arrested Jesus while He was with His disciples. He was beaten while awaiting trial. He was denied by His friend.
In the presence of the Sanhedrin, Jesus heard all of the false accusations brought against Him. He listened to the lies and felt the hatred of the gathered crowd. But he chose to be truthful – and for that He was condemned to death.
Today there are people who continue to condemn others unjustly. Some are condemned simply because they were born with a disability or because they don’t conform to our way of thinking, the list is endless.
Today we are also taught that we shouldn’t accept discomfort or pain but rise up against it. We shouldn’t remain silent about things, we should shout at everyone if necessary.
In the face of betrayal, dishonesty and fear, Jesus was silent. He said nothing to those who accused Him of false teaching and nor did He lash out at those who struck Him and spit in His face.
In the silence, Christ invites us to share His Passion. In the silence, Jesus calls us to find redemption in Him.