Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. When the chief priests saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your king?” They answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

Lord Jesus, whom Pilate condemned instead of acquitting, give us the courage to protect life, whether unborn, poor, aged, sickly, or imprisoned. Help us to reverence the gift of life. Amen.