Canto dei salmi 

Lettura della Parola di Dio 

Preghiera di intercessione 

Padre Nostro 

Canto finale 

Reading of the Word of God

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

I am the good shepherd
My sheep listen to my voice
And they will become
One flock and one sheepfold.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Luke 23, 1-12

The whole assembly then rose, and they brought him before Pilate.
They began their accusation by saying, 'We found this man inciting our people to revolt, opposing payment of the tribute to Caesar, and claiming to be Christ, a king.'
Pilate put to him this question, 'Are you the king of the Jews?' He replied, 'It is you who say it.'
Pilate then said to the chief priests and the crowd, 'I find no case against this man.'
But they persisted, 'He is inflaming the people with his teaching all over Judaea and all the way from Galilee, where he started, down to here.'
When Pilate heard this, he asked if the man were a Galilean;
and finding that he came under Herod's jurisdiction, he passed him over to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
Herod was delighted to see Jesus; he had heard about him and had been wanting for a long time to set eyes on him; moreover, he was hoping to see some miracle worked by him.
So he questioned him at some length, but without getting any reply.
Meanwhile the chief priests and the scribes were there, vigorously pressing their accusations.
Then Herod, together with his guards, treated him with contempt and made fun of him; he put a rich cloak on him and sent him back to Pilate.
And though Herod and Pilate had been enemies before, they were reconciled that same day.


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

I give you a new commandment
That you love one another.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Jesus is brought to another palace, the palace of the representative of Rome. Pilate understands right away that the high priests and the elders have brought Jesus before him because of jealousy, and he does not want to get mixed up in internal Jewish affairs. As soon as he learns that Jesus is Galilean, he sends him to Herod. This latter figure has none of the juridical severity of the Roman procurator. He is a curious tyrant hoping to see some sort of miracle; perhaps to be entertained. But Jesus is silent before Herod, and so once again he is mocked and insulted. This innocent man who calls himself the Son of God is condemned under a law that as a matter of fact encourages people to await the Messiah. Three tribunals were unable to defend justice. And Jesus, alone, is unjustly condemned. As we contemplate this scene from the Gospel, we cannot forget those who seek justice and do not find it, those who are dragged before pitiless, summary courts, and those who are willfully eliminated with false accusations. And still today people who would otherwise be enemies are often joined together by their shared contempt for those over whom they hold power.

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