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Mt 27: 27-31
The procurator’s soldiers took Jesus inside the praetorium and collected the whole cohort around him.
They stripped off his clothes and wrapped him in a scarlet military cloak.
Weaving a crown out of thorns they fixed it on his head, and stuck a reed in his right hand.
Then they began to mock him, dropping to their knees before him, saying,
”All hail, King of the Jews!”.
They also spat at him.
Afterward they took hold of the reed and kept striking him on the head.
Finally, when they had finished making a fool of him,they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucifixion.
Jesus supports the whole world by His divine power, for He is God; but the weight was less heavy than was the Cross which our sins hewed out for Him. Our sins cost Him this humiliation. He had to take on Him our nature, and to appear among us as a man, and to offer up for us a great sacrifice. He had to pass a life in penance, and to endure His passion and death at the end of it.
O Lord God Almighty, who dost bear the weight of the whole world without weariness, who bore the weight of all our sins,though they wearied Thee,
As Thou art the Preserver of our bodies by Thy Providence, so be Thou the Saviour of our souls by Thy precious blood.
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