Reading The Passion

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. Pictured above are members of Canterbury Downtown who read The Passion of Our Lord, a scripted version of the Gospel that tells the story of Jesus’ last days on Earth. From his betrayal by Judas to the Chief Priests, to his trial before Pontius Pilate, which led to his being condemned, crucified and buried. This was the second time I had read The Passion as a member of Canterbury Downtown, but this time I read for the part of Pontius Pilate. Reading as Pontius Pilate, I didn’t want to humanize him, but it was difficult for me not to. Throughout the Gospel, Pilate denies the crowd their desire to crucify Jesus three times before caving in to their requests. Knowing what is right in our hearts and sticking to it when others are telling us differently is something we all face on a daily basis. Sometimes we cave and say yes instead of no. But for me, the most important part in reading The Passion, is that we are reminded of the power of salvation, that Jesus died for us. Now that Holy Week has started, this is something that I will be meditating on—our own personal salvation.

Maria Pellicier NYU’20