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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Humiliation of Christ is our Humiliation

The humiliation of Christ – for he was insulted, spat upon and mocked. His humiliation is our humiliation too, if we let it.
The humiliation of Mary – for a mother’s heart that ached as her son was derided and executed as a criminal. Her humiliation is our humiliation too, if we let it.
The humiliation of the homeless – dumpster diving, they are hated, despised, rejected and counted as losers. Their humiliation is our humiliation too, if we let it.

To Christ our saving Hero, we say:

R Lord, hear the cry of our prayer!

You came for the last, the lost, the poor and the least:
- carry the needy to safety. R

You preferred the company of the broken and the outcast:
- heed the lives of the rich and powerful, that they may discover the gift of suffering for your sake.

You saved us from the ravages of evil by taking upon yourself the sins of the world:
- defend those who are abused, abandoned and oppressed.

You gave your life as a ransom for many:
- rescue those who have believed in you, but have died with unforgiveness or hate in their hearts, and now remain homeless, have mercy, Lord.

The Humiliation of Christ
Now, it was the third hour of the day when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: “The King of the Jews.” Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, "So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!" In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe." [One who was] crucified with him also heaped insults on him. Mark 15:25-32
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