Matthew 27:22-26 NRSV
Pilate said to them, ‘Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ All of them said, ‘Let him be crucified!’ Then he asked, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Let him be crucified
So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.’ Then the people as a whole answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
We adore you O ‘Christ and we bless you because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Consider that Christ is condemned to die unjustly. In this image Christ is in humble prayer to His Father. He is willing to submit and surrender to His Father’s will. He is able to remain silent as Pilate turns him over to be crucified. Pilate washes his hands in a bowl of water as a sign of his final decision. Can the water wash away his guilt?
O’ Lord, may we remain silent when we are treated unjustly. Teach us when to speak and when to take action. May we never seek revenge by picking up our enemies’ weapons and using them ourselves. Give us the heart to lift our enemies up to Heaven and to ask that you forgive them. Amen.