Newsletter 07/17/2014

Posted: 2014/07/18 in Uncategorized

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carrying the cross

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Contents

One image is worth 400 words or more… – Written by Ronald L. Riedell

Proverb of the week

Quote of the week

carrying the cross
Here is an icon of the “Slave carrying the cross of Jesus. The gospel story is in the bible New Testament book of Mathew.

καὶ ὅστις σε ἀγγαρεύσει μίλιον ἕν ὕπαγε μετ’ αὐτοῦ δύο

… and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Mat 5:41

And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. Mathew 27:32

If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.
In first century Judea, the poor were oppressed under a practice called angareia, the involuntary drafting of peasants to carry the gear of Roman soldiers.

“Compulsory Service”; any service which was forcibly or unjustly demanded, and oppression in general a service or task only grudgingly undertaken by the one forced to perform it.

The people hated angareia with a burning passion – it was a horrible injustice. But rather than attempting to resist it through violence, Jesus offers another creative form of nonviolent resistance.

If a man was forced by a Roman soldier to carry gear for one mile, what would happen if he continued to carry the gear for more than one mile? The soldier would be placed in a very awkward position. If a peasant was drafted under angareia, Roman law dictated that the solider had to stop him after one mile. If anyone found out that the peasant had continued for two miles, the soldier could himself be arrested and beaten!

Angareia is seen in the Bible when Simon of Cyrene was forced by Roman soldiers to carry the cross of Jesus. He was only forced to carry the cross part of the way, however, since the Roman government had ruled that the maximum distance a man could be forced to carry gear under angareia was one mile.

In some cases, the condemned was forced to carry the crossbeam on his shoulders to the place of execution. A whole cross would weigh well over 300 lb, but the crossbeam would not be quite as burdensome, weighing around100 lbs.

I don’t have to remember what the icon writer teaches me about events that took place. The icons are not meant to replace the written word or thought of G-d. They are intended to teach the children and illiterate about events and people that lived around and loved Jesus.

carring of the cross
Proverb of the week:
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

Quote of the week:
“The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God.”

– St. John of Damascus

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