This line from a meditation called “The Way of the Cross” by Fr. Richard Veras published within the Magnificat jumped out at me as paradoxical:
Jesus was the happiest man on the way Calvary that day.
But then on second thought, it does make sense. Jesus knew that God was with him every step along the way. The people along the way, even the Roman soldiers and pharisees, did not know that God was there with him. “Jesus had certainty that neither trial, nor persecution, nor suffering, nor even death could separate him from the love of his Father.” The women weeping for him along the way did not have any sense of certainty; “their only consolation was their feelings of pity.”
Thus, even at this moment when Jesus is experiencing intense pain and is surrounded by indifference and disdain, he is happier than those [people].
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, let the roots of my faith be deeper than my feelings, let my abiding joy be the certainty that I am on the road to peace you forged that day on your way to Calvary.”