My Jesus, one of the beautiful qualities the people admired in You was Your strength in time of ridicule – Your ability to rise above the occasion.
But now, You fall a second time – apparently conquered by the pain of the Cross.
People who judged You by appearances made a terrible mistake.
What looked like weakness was unparalleled strength! I often judge by appearances and how wrong I am most of the time.
The world judges entirely by this fraudulent method of discerning.
It looks down upon those who apparently have given their best and are now in need.
It judges the poor as failures, the sick as useless and the aged as a burden.
How wrong that kind of judgment is in the light of your second fall!