Ordinary Time


Come to the throne of grace,

Embraced by God’s everlasting love,

Led by Jesus’ abundant mercy,

Filled with the Spirit’s holy power.

Come boldly, with your heart wide open.


Pilate went back into the palace. He summoned Jesus and asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others spoken to you about me?”

John 18:33-34


“Who are you?” Each word follows a frustrated puff of smoke as the Caterpillar tries to determine the identity of the human who interrupted his singing. After a series of strange events in Wonderland, Alice struggles to answer. Repeated attempts by the Caterpillar only increase the confusion.

Pilate is confused. He’s a Roman governor who understands his world according to clear hierarchies. Then some Jewish leaders bring Jesus to his palace and accuse Jesus of claiming to be a king. In a world where everyone knew who ruled and who didn’t, Pilate doesn’t know anything about Jesus claiming to rule. He asks Jesus if the accusations are true. Jesus’ response pushes Pilate beyond the boundaries of his worldview to think for himself, to answer his own question.

If someone asks you “Who is Jesus?” what do you say? If your answers leave you confused, it’s ok. Talking to God about what you don’t understand is an act of faith.

Jennie Barber



Some days I boldly say who you are,

Some days I quietly whisper my questions and doubts.

Remind me you are with me, each certain and wondering step of the way.



Go from the throne of grace,

Share God’s extravagant love,

Reveal Jesus’ breathtaking mercy,

Witness the Spirit’s transforming power,

Go boldly, with your heart wide open.