It’s not as if Our Lord had a tower fall on Him in Siloam, or was crushed in a tragic earthquake. Instead, Christ endured the cruelties man imposes on other men. He took on all the trappings and disgrace of a convicted criminal. He died condemned as a blasphemer by the priests of His own religion. The highest and purest faith upon the earth collaborated with the best government yet known to man to show the world what happens to pure innocence when it walks among guilty men: It is slandered by envious priests, framed in a crooked trial, condemned by a judicial coward, and tortured to death by sadists.

John Zmirak