1 Jesus is condemned to death
Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover: and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!” They cried our, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!” Pilate asked them “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. John 19.14-16
Pilate is a man with a divided heart. He knows that Jesus is innocent and he looks for a way to free him, but at the same time he is afraid of the crowd, and so his own self-interest becomes more important than what is right. Justice is trampled underfoot by weakness, cowardice, and fear of the prevailing mood.
We acknowledge with penitence the times that we have failed to stand up for the truth through fear or indecision. We pray for the falsely accused and victims of injustice.
Lord Jesus, strengthen our conscience. Save us from quick and easy judgements on others. Help us to walk in the way of your justice and truth.