We adore you O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. (John 19:1 – 3)
Imagine this, you have a big gaping wound from a bad fall and then someone decides to pour alcohol to clean the wound! Yikes! Can you imagine the pain that you will feel? It’s like you can kick whoever is near you.
This is how Jesus must have felt when they put the crown on his head. Isn’t it enough that you insult me and ridicule me, then you beat me up and finally, to cap it all, put a crown on my head made of thorns at that! But unlike us mere mortals, Jesus said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
It makes us think, how many times has this been done to me? How often have I felt so down and trampled on, and then a friend whom I thought was going to be on my side tells me, “I told you so!” Or how often did I oppress my househelp, driver, or even subordinates. Calling them stupid or bobo or tanga in front of their colleagues. How often have I consciously or unconsciously added insult to the already low self-esteem of my house help, driver or subordinates? When we oppress or say hurtful words, do we ever consider how it is to be on the receiving end?
Lord, I pray for the humility, maturity, and courage to forgive those who have oppressed me; understanding for those who have insulted me; and the patience for those who are purposely bugging me. I pray for the willpower to say the right words, the patience and the discernment to know when to say them. I ask for the graces of the Holy Spirit to always be inspired to emulate our Holy Mother Mary, full of grace, and full of God in her life.