Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?" They all said, "Let him be crucified!" But he said, "Why? What evil has he done?" They only shouted the louder, "Let him be crucified!" When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood. Look to it yourselves."
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti killing more than 200,000 people and deeply impacting the country’s 9 million residents. However, the impacts of Haiti’s earthquake have reached far beyond the initial damage—Haiti now must confront a cholera epidemic sparked by a lack of sanitary water sources, and men, women, and children are now being crippled by water, their very source of life.
Dare we wash our hands of their plight like Pilate, or shall we bathe ourselves in solidarity—remembering, as we wash, that these injustices can be prevented.
Lord, may we not wash our hands of our brothers and sisters in Haiti, and may you rain down upon them with all of the love and peace you were denied in your condemnation.
Let us keep watch with You.