(Scripture: Mark 15:1-15/Rule of Benedict 7:60-61)
Today’s scripture presents us with Jesus, bound and handed over to Pilate, the Roman governor. Pilate questions him “Are you the king of the Jews?” which could be heard as “Are you a rebel?” He listens and simply echoes back Pilates charge with “You say so.” These are life-threatening charges. Yet the passage ends with “But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.” Jesus stands humbly in the truth – most words are unnecessary. In this world of many words, we too might be amazed, like Pilate, words of accusation or judgment are met with silence. In our world noise trumps silence. This step of humility – the 11th of 12 presented in the Rule, is a radical call that may seem impossible. If I put my mom hat on though, I know it rings true. A few words, spoken in a quiet voice into a room full of noisy, out of control children, will calm them quicker and with more authority than a barrage of loud words yelled into their midst. If they get used to hearing me in this way, fewer words will restore order. As I continue my Lenten journey, I pray that I can grow in this aspect of humility.