28 July 2008

Summer reading

“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. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him.”

In the course of readings for the Daily Office in the Book of Divine Worship I've been reading the account of the Passion in St. Matthew’s Gospel. It’s rather striking to be meditating upon the description of Christ’s suffering and death at this time of the year. We expect it during Passiontide, but to look at it now, in the midst of summer, makes it something unexpected. And I’ve found it to be helpful and very moving.