Pilate and Herod

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Guest post by Gerard M. Nadal.

Don’t know why this line from Palm Sunday’s Gospel never registered before, but there’s a ton in there to unpack:

“Herod and Pilate became friends that very day,
even though they had been enemies formerly.”

As I contemplated that line during the homily, a number of thoughts struck me.

1. Pilate wasn’t just some moral coward governor who should have heeded his wife’s advice. He was as cunning and calculating as Herod, neither of whom had any love for the Jews, both of whom lived large at the expense of the Jews.

2. Father Benedict Groeschel used to tell us that God’s wrath manifests in His allowing us to enjoy the sin we so dearly love. That new friendship was two kindred evil spirits communing through Jesus’ torture and death.

3. That friendship between Pilate and Herod is a window into Hell itself. There is an unholy communion between those in whom there is no love. They find one another, and they join forces, and they seek to destroy all that is good and holy. In the end, they destroy themselves.


Dr. Gerard M. Nadal currently serves as the President and CEO of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. He blogs at Coming Home: Science in Service of the Pro-Life Movement.

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