Fr. Thomas Colyandro
Meditating on the Feast of St. Claudia Procles (Pontius Pilate's Wife)
The Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of St. Claudia Procles of Judea, who was Pontius Pilate's wife. We know of her only from the Gospel According to St. Matthew.
"While Pilate was sitting in the judgment hall, his wife sent him a message: 'Have nothing to do with that innocent man, because in a dream last night, I suffered much on account of him'" (Matthew 27:19).
Even though we don't know much about St. Claudia, whose name is not even mentioned in the passage above, this feast offers us an opportunity to meditate (prayer of the mind) on the following:
Do I listen to God when He communicates with me?
Do I speak up on behalf of others, especially when an injustice is being done?
Do I stand up for my faith?