SUNDAY’S DIVINE SERVICE—PASSION ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW
“HIS BLOOD BE ON US AND ON OUR CHILDREN!”
Each Gospel highlights different aspects of Our Lord’s Passion. Unique to St. Matthew's Passion is the message from Pilate's wife: “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.” What does it mean? Pilate's wife was tormented in her soul and conscience. Jesus and His Gospel are unsettling to sinful man. We either embrace it in faith or we flee from it. Pilate’s wife, like so many, did not want to face the reality of her own sin and the need for salvation that only this Man could provide. It was too much for her to bear. “Let us have nothing to do with Him! I cannot bear him!” Like so many, Pilate's wife recognized the righteousness of Christ, but still she was unwilling to let go of herself and embrace Him in faith. Unique also to the Passion according to St. Matthew is the prophecy that proceeds out of the mouth of the people at the end of the trial before Pilate: “His blood be on us and on our children!” Indeed, this is the way
it must be or we cannot be saved.