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Day 161 – The Crucifixion of Christ


Thoughts and reflection

In today’s reading, we learn that on the cross Jesus demonstrates that he experiences our pain out of love for us, taking upon himself for our sins and the death of those sins bring us. The cross is a symbol of the devastating effects of sin and the depth of God’s love for us. To pay for the cost of our sins, God gave us his only son’s life.

It is important to remember that the crucifixion is not the end of the story. His resurrection will soon follow. Jesus has not only died for us but he will also rise for us as well.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

Mark 15

1 First thing in the morning, the chief priests, together with the elders and scribes and the rest of the Sanhedrin, had their plan ready. They had Jesus bound and took him away and handed him over to Pilate.

2 Pilate put to him this question, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ He replied, ‘It is you who say it.’

3 And the chief priests brought many accusations against him.

4 Pilate questioned him again, ‘Have you no reply at all? See how many accusations they are bringing against you!’

5 But, to Pilate’s surprise, Jesus made no further reply.

6 At festival time Pilate used to release a prisoner for them, any one they asked for.

7 Now a man called Barabbas was then in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the uprising.

8 When the crowd went up and began to ask Pilate the customary favour,

9 Pilate answered them, ‘Do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews?’

10 For he realised it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed Jesus over.

11 The chief priests, however, had incited the crowd to demand that he should release Barabbas for them instead.

12 Then Pilate spoke again, ‘But in that case, what am I to do with the man you call king of the Jews?’

13 They shouted back, ‘Crucify him!’

14 Pilate asked them, ‘What harm has he done?’ But they shouted all the louder, ‘Crucify him!’

15 So Pilate, anxious to placate the crowd, released Barabbas for them and, after having Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.

16 The soldiers led him away to the inner part of the palace, that is, the Praetorium, and called the whole cohort together.

17 They dressed him up in purple, twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on him.

18 And they began saluting him, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’

19 They struck his head with a reed and spat on him; and they went down on their knees to do him homage.

20 And when they had finished making fun of him, they took off the purple and dressed him in his own clothes. They led him out to crucify him.

21 They enlisted a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross.

22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which means the place of the skull.

23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he refused it.

24 Then they crucified him, and shared out his clothing, casting lots to decide what each should get.

25 It was the third hour when they crucified him.

26 The inscription giving the charge against him read, ‘The King of the Jews’.

27 And they crucified two bandits with him, one on his right and one on his left.

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29 The passers-by jeered at him; they shook their heads and said, ‘Aha! So you would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days!

30 Then save yourself; come down from the cross!’

31 The chief priests and the scribes mocked him among themselves in the same way with the words, ‘He saved others, he cannot save himself.

32 Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, for us to see it and believe.’ Even those who were crucified with him taunted him.

33 When the sixth hour came there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

35 When some of those who stood by heard this, they said, ‘Listen, he is calling on Elijah.’

36 Someone ran and soaked a sponge in vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink saying, ‘Wait! And see if Elijah will come to take him down.’

37 But Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

38 And the veil of the Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.

39 The centurion, who was standing in front of him, had seen how he had died, and he said, ‘In truth this man was Son of God.’

40 There were some women watching from a distance. Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary who was the mother of James the younger and Joset, and Salome.

41 These used to follow him and look after him when he was in Galilee. And many other women were there who had come up to Jerusalem with him.

42 It was now evening, and since it was Preparation Day — that is, the day before the Sabbath-

43 there came Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent member of the Council, who himself lived in the hope of seeing the kingdom of God, and he boldly went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

44 Pilate, astonished that he should have died so soon, summoned the centurion and enquired if he had been dead for some time.

45 Having been assured of this by the centurion, he granted the corpse to Joseph

46 who bought a shroud, took Jesus down from the cross, wrapped him in the shroud and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.

47 Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of Joset took note of where he was laid.

Mark 16

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices with which to go and anoint him.

2 And very early in the morning on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen.

3 They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’

4 But when they looked they saw that the stone — which was very big — had already been rolled back.

5 On entering the tomb they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right-hand side, and they were struck with amazement.

6 But he said to them, ‘There is no need to be so amazed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he has risen, he is not here. See, here is the place where they laid him.

7 But you must go and tell his disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you to Galilee; that is where you will see him, just as he told you.” ‘

8 And the women came out and ran away from the tomb because they were frightened out of their wits; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

9 Having risen in the morning on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had cast out seven devils.

10 She then went to those who had been his companions, and who were mourning and in tears, and told them.

11 But they did not believe her when they heard her say that he was alive and that she had seen him.

12 After this, he showed himself under another form to two of them as they were on their way into the country.

13 These went back and told the others, who did not believe them either.

14 Lastly, he showed himself to the Eleven themselves while they were at table. He reproached them for their incredulity and obstinacy, because they had refused to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

15 And he said to them, ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the gospel to all creation.

16 Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.

17 These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues;

18 they will pick up snakes in their hands and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’

19 And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven; there at the right hand of God he took his place,

20 while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.

Psalm 22

1 [For the choirmaster To ‘the Doe of the Dawn’ Psalm Of David] My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? The words of my groaning do nothing to save me.

2 My God, I call by day but you do not answer, at night, but I find no respite.

3 Yet you, the Holy One, who make your home in the praises of Israel,

4 in you our ancestors put their trust, they trusted and you set them free.

5 To you they called for help and were delivered; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

6 But I am a worm, less than human, scorn of mankind, contempt of the people;

7 all who see me jeer at me, they sneer and wag their heads,

8 ‘He trusted himself to Yahweh, let Yahweh set him free! Let him deliver him, as he took such delight in him.’

9 It was you who drew me from the womb and soothed me on my mother’s breast.

10 On you was I cast from my birth, from the womb I have belonged to you.

11 Do not hold aloof, for trouble is upon me, and no one to help me!

12 Many bulls are encircling me, wild bulls of Bashan closing in on me.

13 Lions ravening and roaring open their jaws at me.

14 My strength is trickling away, my bones are all disjointed, my heart has turned to wax, melting inside me.

15 My mouth is dry as earthenware, my tongue sticks to my jaw. You lay me down in the dust of death.

16 A pack of dogs surrounds me, a gang of villains closing in on me as if to hack off my hands and my feet.

17 I can count every one of my bones, while they look on and gloat;

18 they divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

19 Yahweh, do not hold aloof! My strength, come quickly to my help,

20 rescue my soul from the sword, the one life I have from the grasp of the dog!

21 Save me from the lion’s mouth, my poor life from the wild bulls’ horns!

22 I shall proclaim your name to my brothers, praise you in full assembly:

23 ‘You who fear Yahweh, praise him! All the race of Jacob, honour him! Revere him, all the race of Israel!’

24 For he has not despised nor disregarded the poverty of the poor, has not turned away his face, but has listened to the cry for help.

25 Of you is my praise in the thronged assembly, I will perform my vows before all who fear him.

26 The poor will eat and be filled, those who seek Yahweh will praise him, ‘May your heart live for ever.’

27 The whole wide world will remember and return to Yahweh, all the families of nations bow down before him.

28 For to Yahweh, ruler of the nations, belongs kingly power!

29 All who prosper on earth will bow before him, all who go down to the dust will do reverence before him. And those who are dead,

30 their descendants will serve him, will proclaim his name to generations

31 still to come; and these will tell of his saving justice to a people yet unborn: he has fulfilled it.


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