Jesus, the Hot Potato Between Pilate and Herod

Text: Luke 23:1-12

Reflection and Question: Pilate, the Roman Emperor’s agent in Jerusalem, sent Jesus over to Herod, the puppet ruler, whose territory included Galilee, Jesus’ home. Neither wanted to make a decision about Jesus so they passed Him between them. Luke comments that this interaction over Jesus turned their animosity into friendship. Even as a political hot potato, Jesus introduced love and peace. How can Jesus inject love and peace into your relationships?

Prayer: Brother Jesus, You endured the questions and ridicule of Pilate and Herod as they passed You between them. Enter into the comings and goings of our days with the same love and peace that You spread among those around You back then. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).