Posted by: Postordinandy | October 24, 2014

John 18 (pt 7)

The prisoner dragged before the gathered judges,

Convened in haste, in secret, in fear,

Shadowy voices mutter the charge:

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Bringing the faith into disrepute,

Painting a portrait of G-d as love,

Daring to loosen chains and restore sight…

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Powerful witnesses tell of their helplessness in the face of this horror:

He worked on the Holy Day!

Giving praise to the creator in loving action,

When the law demands passive devotion”.

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Representing himself, in the absence of legal aid,

He reminds the jury of the context of his words:

Shared with follow explorers and pilgrims,

Words chosen carefully for Chosen People.

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“Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.” When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded. “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.” [John 18:19-24]

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