There is a verse that quotes Jesus as saying. “Have pity on me, at least you, my friends, for the hand of the Lord is upon me.”
In spite of all the centuries between us and his impending death back then, we can still extend our pity to him.
Today’s readings speak of the horrors threatening Jesus two weeks before his death In the First reading he pictures himself as a trusting lamb being led to a merciless slaughter.
In the Psalm he thinks of himself as the lion’s prey, waiting to be torn apart.
Chapter Five of the Letter to the Hebrews tells us how real those terrors were for him. "In the days when he was in the flesh he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death.”
As his friends, let us extend him our pity.