The flag outside my window is taking a beating today. Hurricane Sandy is whipping it so hard I can even hear it over the sound of the wind. I wonder why they (the American Legion Post) raised the flag today knowing it would be subjected to such abuse.
As I say, it sounds like a whip. The sound of a whip always reminds me of Jesus, how he was whipped and crowned with thorns on a day that evidently turned stormy. Such unnecessary abuse (not that abuse is ever necessary). Torture before killing. Depravity.
What happened to the soldiers who whipped Jesus? Were their lives destroyed by what they were told to do? Did they suffer from PTSD like soldiers today? Or were they chosen for the job because they liked inflicting pain? I don't know.
Jesus forgave them. Can I?
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.