let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him
and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put him to the test
that we may have proof of his gentleness
and try his patience.
These prophetic words from today's First Reading taken from the Book of Wisdom set the stage for all that Jesus our Lord will suffer in the days ahead. We want to accompany him in prayer and watching, and to open our hearts to the suffering members of his body in our world right now- refugees, those persecuted for their faith, victims of poverty and war. So very mindful of the reality of so much, too much suffering, we feel helpless. We trust in God's love and mercy, even though we do not understand. We want to cradle Jesus' wounded body with our prayer, awed and humbled by the Mystery. We want to suffer with, accompanying him, allowing all the pain to bring us to silence.
Photograph by Brother Brian.