A Prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week

Jesus before the Council by Simon Bening

Jesus, many believed you to be the Messiah. Yet, in the tragic irony of your Passion, you were on trial before the assembly of elders, the religious authorities and experts. Many of them were sceptical that you were the Messiah. (Luke 22:66-71) It seems that no matter what you said, they regarded it as incriminating evidence. We confess that there are moments in our lives when we act pretentiously like some of the religious leaders of your day. We, like they, think we know more than you, when, in truth, we are ignorant and incriminate ourselves—sometimes without even knowing it. We repent of our pretentious ways, begging your forgiveness. Jesus, Suffering Servant, have mercy upon me/us. For your love’s sake, we pray.