Presider: We adore You O Christ, and we praise You. (genuflect)
All: Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.
When he could not reason with the “Crucify him, crucify him,” chants of the frenzied crowd, Pilate condemned Jesus to death. Jesus, even though you had always known how your life on earth would end, the finality of those words, CONDEMNED TO DEATH, must have filled you with human fear and dread. How it must have shattered the heart of Mary as she realized the finality of Pilate’s order.
How many times have I condemned someone for deeds or beliefs that did not fall in with my ideas or beliefs? How many times have I joined a crowd in looking down upon or ridiculing a person who was “different” (whatever that means)?
SUGGESTED ACTION STEPS:
As a family, read and discuss Pope Francis’s teachings on the death penalty.
Write a family letter condemning the death penalty.
Thank you, Jesus, for accepting Our Father’s will and offering up your life to save me.
Jesus, please help me to understand, not condemn. Amen.
BY: The SMM Writing Group