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Pilate Light

21 Nov

In St. John’s account of the Passion, proclaimed every Good Friday, we hear the dramatic exchange between Our Lord and Pontius Pilate in which Jesus makes this remarkable statement: “For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth” (Jn. 18:37).

Just one day–or four chapters–earlier, Jesus identified Himself as “the way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn. 14:6). Perhaps with Pilate we might ask, “What is truth?” (Jn. 18:38), or at least, “Lord, what do you mean?”

All the books in the world can’t contain the full answer, but we can say that Christ came to show Himself as the Son of God, who came that we may partake of His divinity as adopted sons and daughters of God (cf. Rom. 8:29; Gal. 4:4-7).

He is the King of the New Israel, the Church, which in His name and through the power of His Spirit is called to renew the face of the earth. This kingdom is fully in this world, but ultimately does not belong here (cf. Jn. 18:36), pointing instead to a new heaven and a new earth (cf. Rev. 21:1-4). We celebrated His kingship yesterday at Mass, as the culmination of our liturgical year. Continue reading