Good Friday – John 19:14-16

14 And it was the parasceve of the pasch, about the sixth hour, and he saith to the Jews: Behold your king.

Theophylact: As if to say, See the kind of Man whom you suspect of aspiring to the throne, a humble person, who cannot have any such design.

Alcuin: Parasceve, i.e. preparation. This was a name for the sixth day, the day before the Sabbath, on which they prepared what was necessary for the Sabbath; as we read, On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread [Exod 16:22]. As man was made on the sixth day, and God rested on the seventh; so Christ suffered on the sixth day, and rested in the grave on the seventh.

15 But they cried out: Away with him; away with him; crucify him. Pilate saith to them: Shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered: We have no king but Caesar.

Augustine: He tries to shame them into doing what he had not been able to soften them into by putting Christ to shame.

Chrysostom: A speech that should have softened their rage; but they were afraid of letting Him go, lest He might draw away the multitude again. For the love of rule is a heavy crime, and sufficient to condemn a man. . . . And they resolved upon the most disgraceful kind of death, Crucify Him, in order to prevent all memorial of Him afterwards.

16 Then therefore he delivered him to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him forth.

Augustine: Pilate is at last overcome by fear: Then delivered he Him therefore to them to be crucified. For it would be taking part openly against Caesar, if when the Jews declared that they had no king but Caesar, he wished to put another king over them, as he would appear to do if he let go unpunished a Man whom they had delivered to him for punishment on this very ground. . . .To be crucified, i.e. by the sentence and authority of the governor.

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

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