Thursday, 13 April 2017
Tonight was rather grey and cold with quite a strong wind blowing along the seafront which deterred all but a few hardy souls down to the beach.
We were still there though with the fourth instalment of our artistic Easter story, Tonight we were focussing on Pilate and his abdication of responsibility for Jesus even though he suspected he was innocent.
Matthew tells this part of the story in some detail:
The installation was made of fabrics which were drenched in the colours of blood and night, with banners hanging down quoting some of Pilates own words to a figure who stood in the middle with his back turned to us. This represented Pilate turning his back on Jesus but asked us the question, "what do we turn our backs on, and what responsibilities do we wash our hands of.
There was a bowl of water, stained red, for attendees to wash their hands in but the cold and wind was a strong disincentive for this activity.
The question still stands for us all though - what do we abdicate responsibility for?