5. Jesus judged by Pilate

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A Reading

Pilate asked them, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Crucify him!’ So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

(Mark 15.14,15)

A Prayer

Lord Jesus, be with those who are imprisoned for the benefit of the powerful.

Change the minds and motivations of those who take advantage of others and bring them to justice. And forgive me for the times when I have joined the crowd in shouting "Crucify him!"

Amen.