MEDITATIONS ON THE PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST: Pilate His Bringing Forth Of Our Lord To The People.
The 26 Meditation of Pilate his bringing forth of our Lord to the People.
Pilate went forth again, and said unto them: Behold I bring him forth unto you, that ye many know, that I find no cause in him.
Consider first, that when Pilate thought our Lord had been so cruelly used, that it would have moved a stony heart to compassion, then he brought him forth. yet going himself a little before, to prepare the hearts of the Jews to pity. The wicked judge doth herein condemn himself, when he confesseth him to be innocent, whom he had handled so cruelly, to please other men.
Consider secondly (Behold I bring) for it is a wonderful thing, that God, who hath bestowed upon men so many & so great benefits, should suffer so many wrongs and wounds by men. Admire thine own ingratitude. God hath brought thee into this world, adorned with all goodness: & thou brings him forth castest him out of thy heart, shamefully misused with thy grievous sins, & doest not suffer him to rest in thy house, which thou hast filled with theft and other sins. Do thou rather bring him forth to be praised and adored by the people. First by preaching him, & his will to the people, and then by thy good works, expressing his holy lie: That thou mayest say with the Apostles (And now I do not live, but Christ liveth in me.) And bringing him forth let all men understand, that there is no cause to be found in him, why he should not be admitted by all men, when as thous canst see nothing in him, but signs of love, blood shed for thee, stripes, and wounds, so as it may be truly said of him: In all his members Love engraved is.
Fr. Francois Coster S.J.