Psalm 21

Now the traitor had arranged a signal with them. He had said. ‘The one I kiss, he is the man. Take him in charge, and see he is well guarded when you lead him away [1]. Judas identifies Jesus for those who come to arrest him.  His persecutors do not know him.  They need the help of a renegade apostle to pick him out from everyone else. Not long before he has entered Jerusalem triumphantly. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, others greenery which they had cut in the...
Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow [1].Who are those who pass by the passion of Christ?  Matthew tells us about people who are involved, not about passers-by.  Our attention is drawn to the central figures and to those who have their moment of significance: Jesus, Peter, the faithful women, Judas, the high priest, Pilate, the thieves, the centurion and his soldiers, Joseph of Arimathaea and others.  His friends left Jesus...