Jesus, lifted up from the earth, draws all to himself
V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
A reading from the Gospel according to John 19:18-22
There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; it read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. The chief priests of the Jews then said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
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The crucified Jesus is at the centre; the royal title, high above the cross, discloses the depths of the mystery: Jesus is the King and the cross is his throne. Jesus’ kingship, recorded in three languages, is a message for all: for the simple and the wise, the poor and the powerful, those who trust in God’s law and those who trust in political power. The image of the Crucified One, which no human decree will ever be able to remove from the walls of our heart, will remain for ever the royal Word of Truth: the “Crucified Light which enlightens the blind”, the “treasure which only prayer can unlock”, the heart of the world.
Lord Jesus, crucified for our sake,
Come, Spirit of Truth,
Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
Tui Nati vulnerati,
 Cf. Sermon 136, 4.
 Cf. Sermon 160, 3.
 BENEDICT XVI, Jesus of Nazareth. Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, San Francisco, 2011, p. 190.
 Cf. Jn 12:32.
 H.U VON BALTHASAR, You Crown the World with Goodness.
 Ps 18/19:7.
 Confessions, 2, 1, 1.
 BENEDICT XVI, op. cit., pp. 192ff.
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