As we begin to walk through the holiest of days of the Church, we will take time to recall the most fundamental truths that make Christians Christians and turn sinners into saints.
We will revisit in various ways, through many different traditions, the events leading to the suffering, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, the son of God, the son of man.
As we look at the Gospel narratives, we are introduced to a full cast of characters whom we only know because of the parts they played in this great story of redemption. I think of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who, though having repeatedly declared Jesus innocent, still condemned him to death. Then, in a fit of irony, he “took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man's blood’” (Matthew 27:24, ESV), only to be remembered throughout generations in the creeds of the Church as the one under whom Christ was crucified.