FEELING LENT…HUMILIATION IN THE PRAETORIUM
March 29, 2020…Fifth Sunday in Lent
Over these Sundays of Lent we are feeling Lent! We are exploring in this series of messages the waves of emotion that wash over Jesus during his final days in Jerusalem, while also encountering how these emotions speak to us in our life’s journey.
On previous Sundays, we have witnessed Jesus experiencing exhilaration on Mt. Olive Road as he enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We have seen him filled with rage as he cleanses the temple of supposedly holy persons committing unholy exploitation of disadvantaged folk. We ran into confusion in the Upper Room as Jesus takes on the role of a slave, washing his disciples’ nasty feet.
Last Sunday there was defiance on full display as Jesus exhibits courage in the face of hatred before the religious leaders and Pontius Pilate.
This morning we see the pain of humiliation inflicted upon Jesus’ body and soul.