Jesus is condemned to death
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Mark 15:12-14: [Pilate brought Jesus outside and said to the people], “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” “Crucify him!” they shouted. “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
Reflection: Jesus stands before Pilate, accused of crimes he hasn’t committed, and He Who is Without Sin mutely accepts the blame for the sin of all. Trust allows for this, Jesus’ full trust in God’s plan—the promise of resurrection and salvation. This was the light that pulled him through the darkness.
Prayer: Jesus, help us to see your acceptance of blame not as weakness or resignation, but as the ultimate example of self-sacrificing trust in God. Give us that same trust as teachers so that, when we see wrongs we did not perpetuate or messes we did not make, we step in to offer your healing, comfort, and hope.
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