There He goes, carrying His cross, on His way to Calvary. We watch as He goes by, but nobody really wants to look. It makes us uncomfortable.
The Romans were in it up to their eyeballs. We tend to forget that. Two groups had Jesus executed: the Jewish religious leaders and the Roman political rulers.
This reading is the first proclamation of the Gospel after the Easter Vigil, and on this Easter morning we recall the first witnesses to the empty tomb and the resurrection.
As one of the first readings of the vigil, the sacrifice of Abraham and Isaac is recalled, which in many ways both foretells and is perfected by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
The Liturgy of the Word is now ending, and the catechumens come ever closer to the sacrament of Baptism, closer to the long-awaited Christ. The last of the Old Testament readings of the Easter Vigil is a prophecy of the coming Christ, in which we hear a clear reminder that we were born and lived far from God, in a land of sin.