The governor’s soldiers took Jesus with them into the praetorium and collected the whole cohort around him. Then they stripped him, and having twisted some thorns into a crown, they put this on his head and placed a reed in his right hand. To make fun of him they knelt to him saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they spat on him and took the reed and struck him on the head with it. And when they had finished making fun of him, they dressed him in his own clothes and led him away to crucify him.
Jesus, our Savior, you shouldered your cross for us. Few of us bear such weight in our daily trials. Share with us your courage, your patience and your willingness to pursue the Father’s will at any cost to yourself. Amen.