Journey into Freedom Day 43

Jesus before Pilate - Jesus wears a crown of thorns and looks in pain

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask for sorrow and shame as I enter with Christ in his suffering for my sins. I ask that I can feel anguish and pain with Christ in anguish.

Setting: Who do you feel it most fitting to imagine yourself: Pilate, one of the scribes or elders, a member of the crowd or even Jesus? See the story from their point of view.

Mark 15:1-15 HCSB

As soon as it was morning, the chief priests had a meeting with the elders, scribes, and the whole Sanhedrin. After tying Jesus up, they led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate. So Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You have said it.”

And the chief priests began to accuse Him of many things. Then Pilate questioned Him again, “Are You not answering anything? Look how many things they are accusing You of!” But Jesus still did not answer anything, so Pilate was amazed.

At the festival it was Pilate’s custom to release for the people a prisoner they requested. There was one named Barabbas, who was in prison with rebels who had committed murder during the rebellion. The crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do for them as was his custom. So Pilate answered them, “Do you want me to release the King of the Jews for you?” For he knew it was because of envy that the chief priests had handed Him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd so that he would release Barabbas to them instead.

Pilate asked them again, “Then what do you want me to do with the One you call the King of the Jews?” Again they shouted, “Crucify Him!”

Then Pilate said to them, “Why? What has He done wrong?”

But they shouted, “Crucify Him!” all the more.

Then, willing to gratify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. And after having Jesus flogged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

Jesus before Pilate - Jesus wears a crown of thorns and looks in pain

Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.

A Thought for Today: If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. - C. S. Lewis

Scruples—Spiritual Exercises 349-350

The enemy considers whether we have a lax or delicate conscience. The evil one seeks to make delicate consciences excessively sensitive to disturb the person so they see sins everywhere; in a word or a passing thought where there is no sin. With the lax, the enemy tries to make them even more lax, moving from bad to worse. A soul that wishes to make progress in the spiritual life must always act against the enemy. The sensitive should seek moderation to bring peace, the lax should seek greater sensitivity.