“Christ Before Pilate,” School of Hieronymus Bosch, 16th-Century
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Friday, November 16, 2012
The silence between Pilate and Jesus is awesome. Jesus refuses to defend himself or negotiate his outcome with this spineless man. Pilate is nothing but a puppet administrator, a lackey for the Roman emperor in this distant province.
Jesus’ hour has come—humiliating, painful, and overwhelmingly sad. Yet his hour moves closer to death and resurrection; Jesus surrenders himself for your salvation.
When you experience injustice, mockery, and suffering, may you discover a unique joy in Jesus and love for him, for being found more like him; so was Jesus treated out of love for you. When you come away from suffering with more union with your Lord, how can you lose?
The Reading for Today
This is the eleventh of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year B.
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Fridays from now until Advent are dedicated to the Gospel of Mark,in this season, chapters 10 to 16.