August 9, 2022     1:45 pm
124. Week of Fifth Sunday in Lent - Thursday
If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself
          But I am a worm and no man, a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All those that see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted in the Lord that He would deliver Him; let Him deliver Him, seeing that He delighted in Him.   Psalms 22:6-8
          Thus the Saviour, the Messiah, by the mouth of David, foretold His own suffering. See how it was all fulfilled! They that passed by the cross abused Him, wagging their heads and saying: "Ah, You that destroyed the temple, and built it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross." Likewise the chief priests, mocking among themselves with the scribes and elders, together with the people, said: "He saved others; Himself He cannot save! If He is Christ, the King of the Jews, the Chosen of God, let Him save Himself and descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, I am the Son of God." The thieves also who were crucified with Him cast the same thing in His teeth and abused Him. And the soldiers also mocked Him, coming to Him, offering Him vinegar, and saying: "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!" - Thus from every quarter scorn and derision was poured out upon the Righteous One in His bitter suffering. He suffered this for us. And now we sinners are to be hailed by God with none but kindest greetings, and be received with highest honours. But while we live here below, let us go forth to our Saviour, who still is continually treated with contempt, and let us freely confess His name and bear His reproach. May He Himself help us to do so!
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, the reproach which I, a miserable sinner, have deserved has fallen upon You, for You bore my sin. And the sublime honour and glory which belongs to You shall be my portion. I glorify You for such mercy! Grant that in faith I may grasp this and hold fast to it. Bestow upon me Your Holy Spirit that unafraid I may take my stand with You, gladly bearing Your reproach, O Lord, my only Salvation! Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     1:45 pm