The Crowning of Thorns

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they spat upon him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. Jesus Christ had thorns forced into his flesh. The Evangelists's claim -- that if everything a … [Read more...]

The Scourging at the Pillar

So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves."  And all the people answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!"  Then he released for them Barab'bas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. (Matthew 27:24) The martyrdom of the modern Christian is humiliation. It was rather mean-spirited of Blessed John Paul II to p … [Read more...]

The Agony in the Garden

He said to them, 'My soul is sorrowful to the point of death. Wait here, and stay awake.' (Mark 14:34) Love is hard as Hell. Were we given the democratic opportunity to fashion the world as we wished, I imagine we'd have it otherwise. Love would be a comfort, an abstract -- a flaccid feeling forever tickling us into smiles. But then again, why speculate? This is our zeitgeist. We live in an Age of Softening -- our Love is but a pink-tinged means to ignoble ends. I'm in love with another, th … [Read more...]