Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 9, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 9, 2011
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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It is safe to cry with God
"Then Pontius Pilate 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 Pilate
released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus,
he handed him over to be crucified."
An ancient Persian proverb tells us if fate throws
a knife at you, you can catch it either by the blade
or the handle. Pilate dodges the knife by refusing
to accept the responsibility of his office. Rather
than quell the disturbance and maintain Roman justice,
he takes the easy way out. Pilate washes his hands
of this sordid event and tells the rioting crowd
that Jesus is "your responsibility." The crazed
crowd shouts back, "Let his blood be on us and our
children." Barabbas disappears into the crowd as a
free man. Pilate had Jesus flogged. Roman floggings
were so brutal that sometimes the victim died before
crucifixion. Jesus survived and went on to be
I cringe from the horror of this event and my own
self-knowledge. There have been times in my own
life where I have dodged or avoided responsibility.
By stepping back and letting others take over, I
have acted like Pilate. By silent assent or passive
behavior, evil can triumph. Power and authority
always carry responsibility.
God, where have I acted as Pilate? Please forgive
Grace and peace,
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