The First Station – HERE Jesus is sentenced to death

Pilate was furious at their stubbornness. His soldiers had placed a crown of thorns on the victim’s head and put on his shoulder a purple robe. Well, he did not have the figure of a king anyway and no matter how much those underneath had been screaming he still could not find a reason to crucify this man.  See also Via Dolorosa.

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The Franciscan Procession of the Stations of the Cross
The Franciscan Procession of the Stations of the Cross

He had to be bold. This bunch of fanatics were using him. He knew it. He had to show them that he was not weak, that he was not going to be deceived by their treacherous plans. He insisted that it was them who had opted for his death, it was them who had to take full responsibility for their deeds.

How was he going to convince them? Did he need to? Of course not! So many hours had already passed. He felt the uneasiness growing while he was not able to find a solution out of this impasse. So “he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha)”(Jn 19,13). This had to appear to be a solemn deed.

When he sat down at last to pass judgement “his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.” (Mt 27,19). A moment of panic and confusion struck him but he could not keep procrastinating any longer so “he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” (Mt 27,24) He rushed inside and left Jesus in the hands of his soldiers to execute the sentence!

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