August 9, 2022     3:24 pm
116. Week of Forth Sunday in Lent - Wednesday
Release to us Barabbas
          Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas.   Luke 23:18
          Pilate now called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them: "You have brought this man to me as one that perverts the people: and, behold, I, having examined Him before you, have found no fault in this man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; no, nor yet Herod; for I sent you to him, and, nothing worthy of death has been done by Him. I will therefore chastise Him, and release Him." But they would not be satisfied - Then something happened. Pilate had the custom to release to the people at the Passover one prisoner, whoever they desired. And he had then a notable prisoner, a criminal and a murderer, called Barabbas, who had committed a murder in an insurrection that had occurred in the city. And now a deputation of the people appeared before him, asking Pilate to observe the usual custom. This was a welcome opportunity for Pilate, and he said to the multitude: "You have a custom that I should release to you one at the Passover: whom do you wish that I release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?" For he knew that because of envy the high priests had delivered Jesus up, and he felt certain that the people would ask for Jesus. And as he was sitting on the judgment-seat, waiting for the answer of the people, there came a messenger with this message from his wife: "Have nothing to do with that righteous man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of Him." - But the chief priests and elders persuaded and moved the multitude that they should ask that Barabbas should be released and Jesus be condemned to die. And now Pilate asked: "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" Then they all cried out: "Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas!" O the people, the blind, mad, fickle people! But - can't you see the ruling hand of God amidst all this sin? For Jesus was to be delivered to death that we, the criminal might be released.
          PRAYER: - At Your Word, O merciful God, I seek salvation in this, that Your dear Son, the Righteous One, was delivered to death, and that for His sake we, the criminals, are acquitted. Let me remain steadfast in this faith, and nevermore fear nor despair, for You, even You, promise to me, O God, that by faith in Your beloved Son I shall be righteous in Your sight and have life everlasting. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:24 pm