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Jesus is Judged by Pontius Pilate

Opening Prayer

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you; by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. Help us to walk in your steps. Amen.

Reflection Questions

  1. Look up and read Isaiah 53:4-6
  2. What comes to mind as you read Isaiah in light of Pontius Pilate and Jesus?
  3.  Spend some time praying for our government leaders that they would not be persuaded by the crowd, but lead under the guidance of Christ Jesus.

The Sacred Story

Mark 15:1-5, 15

And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

What is Truth?

A Prayer

Lord Jesus, you cried out to your Father in your moment of greatest need. Form us in such a way that we, too, might cry out to our heavenly Father during our times of distress. And give us faith to follow you in obedience. Amen.