"Christ lives, he has overcome death, he has overcome all these powers. We live in this certainty, in this freedom, and in this joy." (Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, 12 XI 2008)
"Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks the truth! One without the other becomes a destructive lie." (Blessed John Paul II, Canonisation of Edith Stein, 11 X 1998)

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Whose your daddy?

Once again I would  like to share something from Papa Ratzi. This time from Jesus of Nazareth. Remember when Pontius Pilate offered to release one of Jesus Christ or Barabbas? Until the third century many copies of the gospels called Barabbas by the name of Jesus Barabbas. When we break down the name we see Bar-Abbas, Bar meaning son, Abba meaning father (daddy really). Hence we have Jesus the Christ put against Jesus the son of the Father, reflecting two messianic figures for the Jewish people, and they come together in the scene as alter egos. Barabbas was probably a mercenary who was leading revolts against the Roman governors. So we have Jesus Christ who is represents a fight for a kingdom of Love, not of this world, and Jesus Barabbas who is fighting for worldly power. And we know that the people who called for Barabbas to be released show that they choose worldly power over God's message. We still do that today. And so a story we pass over so quickly every year becomes a little bit deeper.
Jesus of Nazareth 

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