We adore you O Christ, and we praise you.
Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
The chief priests and the elders,
however, had persuaded the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas and the
execution of Jesus. So when the governor spoke and asked them, "Which of
the two do you want me to release to you?" they said, "Barabbas."
"But in that case," Pilate said to them, "what am I to do with
Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said, "Let him be
crucified!" Then Pilate saw that he was making no impression, that in fact
a riot was imminent. So he took some water, washed his hands in front of the
crowd and said: "I am innocent of this man's blood. It is your
concern." And the people, to a man, shouted back: "His blood be on us
and on our children!" Then he released Barabbas for them. He ordered Jesus
first to be scourged and then handed over to be crucified.
Lord, so many times every day people are condemned: judged and rejected for who or what they are. Forgive me for the times that I have washed my hands of my responsibilities and have not had the courage to speak out or do what is most loving. Help me never to be indifferent, but to accept and love others as you did. I give to you the memories of all the times that I have been wrongly accused, harshly judged or rejected and trust that you will heal me.
I love you, Jesus, my love, above all things. I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never permit me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.
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