Pilate speaks: It is your custom that I release one prisoner to you on the Pasch. Whom shall I set free, Barabbas a thief jailed with others for a murder or Jesus? (Matt 27:17) Put this man to death and release unto us Barabbas, cries the multitude, incited by their chief priests (Luke 23:18).
Pilate speaks again: What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ? (Matt 27:22) Crucifige eum! Crucify Him!
Pilate, for the third time, says to them: Why, what evil has He done? I find no fault in Him that deserves death (Luke 23:22).
The clamour of the mob grows louder: Crucify Him, crucify Him! (Mark 15:14)
And Pilate, wishing to please the populace, releases Barabbas to them and orders Jesus to be scourged.
Bound to the pillar. Covered with wounds.
The blows of the lash sound upon His torn flesh, upon His undefiled flesh, that suffers for your sinful flesh. More blows. More fury. Still more... It is the last extreme of human cruelty.
Finally, exhausted, they unbind Jesus. And the body of Christ yields to pain and falls limp, broken and half dead.
You and I are unable to speak. Words are not needed. Look at Him, look at Him... slowly. After this... can you ever fear penance?