Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Two Trials

Jesus was arrested by the chief priests, scribes, and elders, and tried before them, whereupon he was handed over to Pilate, and tried again, in a Gentile court, since the Jews were under the thumb of the Roman empire. Thus He was tried twice, once by His people, and again by the Gentiles, to whom He was handed over. Why? Both Jews and Gentiles are responsible for His death, thus all the world is represented in this injustice; moreover, as the Jews handed him to the Gentiles, so also, upon the rejection of the Gospel by the Jews, the Gospel is handed over to all the world, from Pentecost. Today's (Tuesday) Gospel is St. Mark 15:1-15. The sermon:

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