Jesus was brought before [Pilate], the governor. The governor said, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “That’s what you say.” But he didn’t answer when the chief priests and elders accused him. Then Pilate said, “Don’t you hear the testimony they bring against you?” But he didn’t answer, not even a single word. So the governor was greatly amazed… Pilate said [to the crowds], “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Crucify him!” But he said, “Why? What wrong has he done?” They shouted even louder, “Crucify him!” Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was starting. So he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I’m innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It’s your problem.”
- Matthew 27: 11-14; 22-24
So many people around the world suffer under governments who have washed their hands of the plight of the poor. Money for the weapons of war outweighs money for education, for public assistance, for food and shelter, for at-risk youth, for the safety of all the world’s citizens. At
this station, we pray for those in government who make decisions that affect people’s lives and we find the Jesus whose witness on behalf of the oppressed got him killed.