From our Old Testament reading, from the Book of Wisdom; ‘Let us see if his words are true,
and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; for if the righteous man is God’s son, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries. Let us test him with insult and torture, that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance’.

As we begin to look towards the Passion of Christ, these words take on special significance: the righteousness of the Son of God, His gentleness, His forbearance. His deliverance was accomplished through death and resurrection, which is also held out to us as a free gift.

As we thank God for this amazing mercy, let us ask the prayers of Christ for us this day, and may He bless you.