“Now on the occasion of a festival a procurator was accustomed to release one prisoner, whom the crowd would designate. They had at the time a notorious prisoner named Barabbas. Since they were already assembled, Pilate said to them, ‘Which one do you wish me to release for you, Barabbas or Jesus the so-called Messiah?’ He knew, of course, that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over.
While he was still presiding on the bench, his wife sent him a message: ‘Do not interfere in the case of that holy man. I had a dream about him today which has greatly upset me.’
Meanwhile, the chief priests and elders convinced the crowds that they should ask for Barabbas and have Jesus put to death. So when the procurator asked them, ‘Which one do you wish me to release for you’ they said, ‘Barabbas.’ Pilate said to them, ‘Then what am I to do with Jesus, the so-called Messiah?’ ‘Crucify him!’ they all cried. He said, ‘Why, what crime has he committed?’ But they only shouted the louder, ‘Crucify him!’
What went through you as hear the crowds say “Crucify him”?
How do you feel moved to respond?
Live into that feeling today no matter what you encounter.
Heritage word—“Come, let us try to love God more each day.”
(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)