There is a time in the Mass that recalls the moment when Jesus is brought out to the crowds by Pontius Pilate. The Eucharist is held up, broken, just as Jesus was presented by Pilate. He was beaten, bloodied, imprisoned, and just an absolute mess. At this point, Pilate presents him to the crowds saying, “I see no guilt in him… Behold the man!” (John 19:4-5) As I watched it this weekend, I thought that it isn’t so different in our every day lives. We will see Jesus ridiculed, belittled, and denied. We may even do it ourselves. But, the appearance has never been the thing. The way others treat God, the misconceptions that people place on God, and the judgments of others about people of faith have nothing to do with what is really happening. Jesus stood in front of the crowds taking every insult, and every cry for crucifixion without a word. Then He continued on to do the work for the very ones in front of Him. It wasn’t pretty, but it was pretty incredible.