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Looking at this piece we stand in the position of judge, looking at Jesus, the migrant, being accused. We “hear” the voices of the crowd calling for death, despite Pilate’s and Herod’s assessments that Jesus has done nothing that would lead to a punishment of death.
We’ve posted here the account according to Luke. Other gospel accounts report that Pilate symbolically washed his hands in front of the crowd, telling them that he is not responsible for Jesus’ death.
The bloody water-filled bowl which is displayed in front of this piece represents the water that Pilate used to wash his hands, suggesting that his hands can never become clean of his actions. He is in fact responsible for what he has done.
Are we responsible for the judgments coming from the crowd?
Do we “wash our hands” of injustices by looking the other way?
How do the voices of injustice prevail in our society?
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Scripture related to this station is included in the comments of this post.