The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
The guards told us they have to tend to some “royal business”, but they’d be back for Gestas and me. I wonder what happened to Jesus. Those religious leaders and their treacherous crowd seemed eager to get Jesus a death sentence. Why they would want to kill a man like Jesus is beyond me. I think they were jealous of Jesus and threatened by his new ways of doing things. Jesus seemed like a very peaceful man. Knowing people is something I’m good at and there was no violence or deceit in Jesus.
Well it didn’t matter anymore, the guards came with the slabs of wood. They tied our arms to the wood and led us into the court yard. As I stepped out I could not believe what I was seeing. They had whipped my friend Jesus bloody and placed a branch of thorns on his head like a crown. My heart sank when he looked over at me. I don’t understand how an innocent man could have come to this.
Jesus, why is it that we hurt each other, that we lie and deceive others? Why is there so much pain and sorrow in the world?
With St. Dismas we pray:
Dear God, light my path that I do not stumble. Let me be free of hated and prejudice in my life. Keep me strong in truth and deed so others might see your love in me.
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