The Common Good

A Good Friday reflection

Jim Wallis (2008), the founder of Sojourners in Washington, recalls an incident when he asked his students: "Why was Jesus crucified?"

After some hesitation one student replied: "Well, to save us from our sins."

Wallis replied: "So you think Pontius Pilate was sitting there thinking, 'How am I going to save these American evangelicals from their sins? I'm gonna kill this guy and that will do it'. No! He was killed because he was seen as a threat to the rulers — both religious and political."