When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him off to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some sign. He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him; then he put an elegant robe on him, and sent him back to Pilate. (Luke 23:6-11)

 

Jesus’ acts no more divinely, I think, than he does in his trial. In his trial, Jesus acts in a way that perfectly translates God’s own manner-of-being into human form: he continues just to be who he is, to put who he is on offer to them, without any show, without any compulsion—even when confronted with enmity and conspiracy. This is just how love is, and God is love (1 John 4:8). Brought before yet another tyrant—this time Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee—Jesus yet again gives no defense. He knew this was coming. He knows what is coming. And he gives himself anyway.

 

Let us pray: O Lord our God, you sustained your people in the wilderness with bread from heaven: Feed now your pilgrim flock with the food that endures to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Pray: The glory of God’s own triune life is love—the boundless self-giving of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to and in one another. When God turns outward, as it were, God gives the creation being, bringing it and us continually into life in a great and glorious overflow of that same love. In prayer today, consider all that God has given you. As you move more deeply into prayer, consider the ways God has given you God’s own life out of love: from the great sacrifice of the Cross to the bread and wine of the Eucharist. What else may God be trying to give you this Lent?

A Journey Through the Passion is a daily meditation for Lent curated by Fr. Justin Crisp, our Associate Rector and Theologian-in-Residence. Meditations follow the schedule of readings for our 2019 Maranatha House Churches, feature prayers for the season of Lent according to the Book of Common Prayer and Lesser Feasts and Fasts, and are patterned on the seven practices of The Way of Love, a rule of life for the Episcopal Church.