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Jesus is condemned to death


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because, by your holy cross,
you have redeemed the world


Reading
The chief priests with the elders and the scribes, that is, the whole Sanhedrin, held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He said to him in reply, “You say so.” The chief priests accused him of many things. Again Pilate questioned him, “Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of.” Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed…. Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas and handed Jesus over to be crucified. (Mark 15: 1-5, 15)


Meditation
Pilate could find no fault in Jesus, but he handed him over to the people – a weak ruler swayed by a violent crowd. It made little difference to Pilate whether one Jew lived or died, and it enabled him to obtain from the crowd the useful affirmation that they had no king but Caesar.

So Pilate handed him over to them.

We may like to think that we would not be part of the crowd, and yet in each one of us is the voice which cries “Crucify him!” For every time we fail Jesus, we join our voice to those of the angry crowd.


Lord Jesus,
we have sinned against you and crucified you.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
you have mercy on us and forgive us.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
help us to be the people
you have called us to be.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Holy God
Holy Mighty One
Holy Immortal One
have mercy on us and on the whole world.