GOOD FRIDAY: The Passion of Jesus – His Trial and Death
Posted by FactReal on April 22, 2011
|FRIDAY OF HOLY WEEK
(Viernes Santo in Spanish)
THE PASSION OF JESUS: THE TRIAL
Before ecclesiastical court:
Before the civil court:
Jesus is not charged with blasphemy before the court of Pilate, but with stirring up the people, forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and claiming to be Christ the king. Pilate ignores the first two charges; the third he finds harmless when he sees that Jesus does not claim royalty in the Roman sense of the word.
But in order not to incur the odium of the Jewish leaders, the Roman governor sends his prisoner to Herod. As Jesus did not humour the curiosity of Herod, He was mocked and set at naught by the Tetrarch of Galilee and his court, and sent back to Pilate.
The Roman procurator declares the prisoner innocent for the second time, but, instead of setting Him free, gives the people the alternative to choose either Jesus or Barabbas for their paschal freedman. Pilate pronounced Jesus innocent for the third time with the more solemn ceremony of washing his hands; he had recourse to a third scheme of ridding himself of the burden of pronouncing an unjust sentence against his prisoner. He had the prisoner scourged, thus annihilating, as far as human means could do so, any hope that Jesus could ever attain to the royal dignity. But even this device miscarried, and Pilate allowed his political ambition to prevail over his sense of evident justice; he condemned Jesus to be crucified.
THE PASSION OF JESUS: HIS DEATH
|WAY OF THE CROSS 2011
(Via Crucis: Italian | Español)
– Readings for today
– TBN: Passion of Christ on TV: Mel Gibson’s “The Passion Of The Christ” follows the last twelve hours of Jesus’s life from his emotional turmoil in the Garden of Gethsemane until his final moments of the crucifixion.
– Vatican’s Holy Week 2011 (Semana Santa)
– Vatican’s calendar