“As soon as morning came, 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. . . ‘Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?’ For he knew that it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. Pilate again said to them in reply, ‘Then what do you want me to do with the man you call the king of the Jews?’”
Observe Pilate from the inside out.
Do you ever find yourself responding in a way similar to his; i.e. cowardly . . . unable to make a tough decision . . . yielding to pressure from others?
If you feel you need to ask for increased courage in tough situations, take a moment to do so now.
Heritage word—“. . . let us be good instruments in the hand of God.”
(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)