The First Station: Jesus is condemned by Pilate
February 19, 2010 § 1 Comment
Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king.” Then Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He answered, “You say so.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation against this man.” But they were insistent and said, “He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place.” Luke 23:1-5
We are eternally grateful to you, Brother Jesus, for your rabble-rousing. You laid the foundations for us to build upon in working together for a better world. You teach us daily, if we will only listen, to be all-embracing as we strive towards the liberation of God’s beloved people. You show us ways both large and small to do this, and you give us courage to carry out difficult tasks.
We thank you, Lord of Peace and Justice, for teaching us to challenge the authority and control of those who wield harsh and sometimes brutal power. We shed a tear as we meditate here upon your condemnation by those in authority. But then your quiet and always loving power sends us forth to oppose the injustice and oppression we see around us.
Where would we be, Compassionate Friend, without the standards you set for us in caring for the least, the last, and the lost? You have invited us to follow in your footsteps as we struggle to make changes in our political, economic, and social systems in the interest of all our sisters and brothers. You are our model for standing tall, looking our persecutors in the eye, and laboring on towards the common goal.
Continue to reveal yourself to us, Our Messiah and King, as we seek to change the hearts of oppressors everywhere. Fill us with justice and mercy, forgive us when we falter, and guide us forward to the peace of your perfect kingdom. Amen.
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