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.

Roxane Gwyn

Image: Brandon Hudson

§ One Response to The First Station: Jesus is condemned by Pilate

  • Jack Murray says:

    I grew up Catholic in a family where our practice of religion was very regular, but felt rote. Beyond Mom’s pop-quiz about the gospel on the drive home from mass there was not a whole lot of reflection on spiritual matters. In true Irish fashion, Mother even told us we didn’t really have to pay attention to the sermon because “that’s just what the priest thinks”. We were all expected to do charitable and volunteer works, but there was very little discussion of how to practice Jesus’ example in daily life. You went church like clockwork, but you basically kept your spiritual life to yourself. And you certainly didn’t rabble rouse or challenge authority. As an adult the hurdle for me is not so much speaking out or challenging oppression, but feeling comfortable doing so in overtly spiritual terms. I have often reflected over the years that kindness to those in need is the most important thing in this world, but the more I think on it, the word I am seeking is mercy.

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