“When he [Jesus] had said this, one of the policemen standing there slapped Jesus across the face, saying, ‘How dare you speak to the Chief Priest like that!'” John 18:22
In re-reading the passion story in John, it struck me how people continue to be as cruel today as in how Jesus was treated. I recently read a novel, The Invisible Bridge (Orringerr, Vintage Press 2011), about Anras Levi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student studying in Paris at the beginning of WWII. When his visa experienced, he had to return to Hungary and ended up in a work camp, overworked and underfed. The workers were treated as slaves, and if they didn’t follow orders, it was nothing for a supervisor to slap the guy, or worse yet, shoot him in the head.
While many of us will never experience the humiliation of being slapped across the face, how often does someone treat you with ill words, or abuse of being ignored, that feels like you’ve been slapped? Lord, help us to see every person for the good that resides in their heart and soul. Amen.