11 - Jesus is nailed to the cross

            We adore you O Christ and we bless you

All        because by your holy cross

you have redeemed the world.

 

Bible Reading – John 19:18-20

There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth,* the King of the Jews.’ 20Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew,* in Latin, and in Greek.

 

Reflection

The nails cause his body to go into shock.  Each stage of this execution is designed to inflict maximum pain and the nails penetrate sensitive nerves sending excruciating pain shooting through his arm.  He is lifted up on high and any hope of a last minute reprieve is lost.  Death is now to be welcomed for the release it will bring.  How he manages some words at this point is remarkable.  His endurance is amazing.  Above him, the irony of his charge has been written in Latin, Greek and Hebrew.  This is not a statement of anti-faith, but designed to humiliate any Messianic fervour still smouldering: this is what the Romans do to challenges to their power.  It is a statement of defeat.

 

Lord Jesus,

we give you thanks and praise

for you endured the horror of the nails

piercing you hands and feet.

May your wounds bring us true healing and peace.  Amen.

 

Response

            O Saviour of the world

who by your cross and precious blood redeemed us

All        Save us and help us we humbly beseech you, O Lord.

 

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