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Holy Week

Isaiah 50:4-9
Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34
Matthew 26:14-25

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"For Your sake I bear insult, and shame covers My face." —Psalm 69:8

Since the apostles ran away at the time of Jesus' crucifixion and those few who stayed would probably not want to talk about the gory details of Jesus' passion and death, the Gospel writers may not have known or did not want to express many of the details of Jesus' sufferings. However, some details of His sufferings have been revealed in prophecy and psalms, especially by Isaiah. When we see a crucifix, we always see the front of Jesus. However, Isaiah reveals the condition of His back in addition to His beard and face. The Messiah says: "I gave My back to those who beat Me, My cheeks to those who plucked My beard; My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting" (Is 50:6).

Jesus' back must have been bruised, almost shredded. Handfuls of hair were pulled out of His bloody beard. His face was beaten almost past recognition as a human being, with spit, blood, and dirt pasted on it, "so marred was His look beyond that of man, and His appearance beyond that of mortals" (Is 52:14). His heart was broken. He "looked for sympathy, but there was none; for comforters" (Ps 69:21) but found none. Rather, they put gall in His food and in His thirst they gave Him vinegar to drink (Ps 69:22). He suffered mercilessly to give us mercy. He suffered because He loves us. These details of His sufferings even more clearly manifest His love for us.

Prayer:  Jesus, thank You...

Promise:  "My appointed time draws near. I am to celebrate the Passover with My disciples in your house." —Mt 26:18

Praise:  Praise Jesus, Who suffered untold miseries and pain for our sake.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 27, 2005

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