Good Friday – John 19:6-8

6 When the chief priests, therefore, and the servants, had seen him, they cried out, saying: Crucify him, crucify him. . . .

Augustine: The envy does not subside at Christ’s disgraces; yea, rather rises.

6 . . . Pilate saith to them: Take him you, and crucify him: for I find no cause in him.

Chrysostom: This is the speech of a man abhorring the deed, and urging others to do a deed which he abhors himself. They had brought our Lord indeed to him that He might be put to death by his sentence, but the very contrary was the result; the governor acquitted Him.

7 The Jews answered him: We have a law; and according to the law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

Augustine: Another greater outbreak of envy. The former was lighter, being only to punish Him for aspiring to a usurpation of the royal power. Yet did Jesus make neither claim falsely; both were true: He was both the Only-begotten Son of God, and the King appointed by God upon the holy hill of Sion. And He would have demonstrated His right to both now, had He not been as patient as He was powerful.

Chrysostom: They kill Him for the very reasons for which they ought to have worshipped Him.

While they disputed with each other, He was silent, fulfilling the prophecy, He openeth not His mouth [Isa 53:7].

8 When Pilate therefore had heard this saying, he feared the more.

Chrysostom: Then Pilate begins to fear that what had been said might be true, and that he might appear to be administering justice improperly.

Bede: It was not the law that he was afraid of, as he was a stranger: but he was more afraid, lest he should slay the Son of God.

Scripture from the Douay-Rheims Bible. Commentary from St. Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea, Vol. IV (London: Rivington, 1845).

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