Cowards Are Not Respected
Do you wish to be like Pilate? Surely not. Pilate was a coward, was he not? He knew Jesus was not a bad man. He knew Jesus was something more than a mere man. Pilate did not wish Jesus to teach him the truth. He shut his heart to the little voice that told him that he was doing wrong. He wished to please the people. He did not wish to lose his job. See what cowards are ready to do for what they think will make them happy! Do you think Pilate was happy after he gave Jesus to the Jews? Indeed he was not. Did the people like him better after he let them have their way? They did not, for some time later he had to give up his place and died in disgrace. That is what he gained by acting the coward. Today the name of Pilate, like the name of Judas, is hated by all good people. Judas was a traitor, for he sold His best friend. Pilate was a coward, for he was afraid to do what he knew to be right. People do not respect traitors and cowards. You will be better loved if you always do what you know to be right.
1. When others laugh at me and make fun of me for doing right, I will ask Jesus to make me strong and not to let me be a coward like Pilate.
2. I will be faithful in keeping my promises to Jesus.
O Jesus, sweet Jesus, 0 Jesus Divine,
My life and my death unto Thee I resign;
Every action of mine shall Thy patronage claim
For whatever I do shall be done in Thy name.
Source: Practical Aids for Catholic Teachers, Imprimatur 1928
To be continued . . . . . . . . . .