Gospel: JN 18:33B-37
Pilate said to Jesus,
"Are you the King of the Jews?"
Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?"
Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.
What have you done?"
Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here."
So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?"
Jesus answered, "You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
+Prayer: Come Holy Spirit Creator Blessed and in our souls take up your rest. Amen.
“If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over.”
Whom do you belong to? Who or what do you fight for in life? The one we ‘fight for’ is the one we have allegiance to- in other words, we belong to them.
In this passage, our Lord is being held before Pilate. Try to enter this passage and be present there in the praetorium. Jesus is being unjustly accused, what does your heart feel? Is it pained? Is it in His defense? Do you want to speak up in His defense, do you want to fight for Him, and place yourself in His place? Does your soul feel ‘drawn’ with a longing to comfort Him by radically stepping in and speaking or tenderly coming close, placing yourself in ‘danger’ too, because you belong to Him? In the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises there is a powerful moment in one exercise where you find yourself making a deliberate choice for Christ or not- What is your choice? Whom do you belong to? Jesus Christ? Self? Or the world and all its vanities?
Aspiration: Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me, I love you Jesus.