10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Louise Crossley (No.243)
And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read: “This is Jesus the King of the Jews”.
Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right hand and one on the left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying:
“You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the Cross”.
So also the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him, saying:
“He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the Cross and we will believe in him”. Matthew 27:35-42
As horrific as this scene is, don’t we do it too in some ways? Whenever we wonder why Jesus allows suffering, loneliness, starvation, aren’t we expecting Him to come down and save us, prove to us that He is there?
The key message in this Passion is Jesus showing us that He will do what He expects of us. Like a good mother who asks children to do as she does not just as she says, Jesus is showing us that He is prepared to suffer for the greater good.
While it may not make perfect sense, the suffering that happens in the world will one day. Like the devoted followers of Jesus at a time when many mocked and despised Him, we must have faith that the suffering in this world has a purpose too.
We must be mindful in our actions and thinking, and especially in our conversations. Be very careful that while we are putting it in another way, we are not saying the same thing…
“He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the Cross and we will believe in him”.