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Friday, February 14, 2020

     “Now the men who were holding Jesus mocked him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and asked him, ‘Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?’ And they spoke many other words against him, reviling him.” (Lk 22: 63-65)

     Does it do us any good, to know the heartbreaking details of certain violent crimes, like the ones described above? They blindfolded Him, beat Him, mocked Him, and apparently they enjoyed it. You can’t “un-know” that; it stays with you, like stories that pop up in the news about various forms of human cruelty. How can I “process” this information, so that it does not make me cynical about humanity in general?

     I can “process” it in the light of the dark story quoted above, of God’s only-begotten Son subjecting Himself to that kind of human cruelt...

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