Friday, 31 March 2017

Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Margaret Kirchener (No. 238)

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said,"Hail, King of the Jews!" And they struck him repeatedly. John 19:1-3

The bathroom seems so far away.
My arthritis has flared up and every step is torture.

I crawl through the house using a broom as a crutch. I desperately need my medication.

Everything else in my life fades. All that exists is me and the throbbing pain.

I retrieve the medicine and laboriously return to the couch. I am overwhelmed.

“Hello. How was your evening?’ My husband asks as he strolls in. I burst into tears and he enfolds me in his arms.

All over the world people live with chronic pain, their lives dominated by medication, tests and specialists.

My doctor's new tablets bring me freedom and health. I thank God for healing
but also for a new understanding of the suffering he endured at Calvary.