The crowds were appalled on seeing him – so disfigured did he look that he seemed no longer human. Without beauty, without majesty, no looks to attract our eyes; a thing despised and rejected by us, a man of sorrows, a man to make people screen their faces; he was despised and we took no account of him.

Lord Jesus, help us to use our God-given power to help one another to our feet when we fall. Show us how to forgive the contrite, to encourage the depressed, and to lighten the pain of the sick, the dying and the bereaved. Amen