Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
This week I will be republishing a series of articles that I wrote about Longinus the Centurion. This is the man who according to tradition commanded the detail in charge of the crucifixion of Jesus. I plan on re-publishing each segment this week as part of Holy Week and I hope that you find them interesting. This story is basically historical fiction and I used my imagination about what it must have been like to be a Roman officer witnessing the drama of what we now call Holy Week.
I find a special affinity for soldiers that serve their country in a land far from home, among people that detest them as hated infidel occupiers of their country. I don’t think that anyone today can really understand the plight of the Roman officers assigned to the occupation of Judea and Samaria in the First Century until they have done their time in Iraq or Afghanistan.
These peoples, though not Jewish have similar divisions, contradictions and prejudices against foreigners as those that lived in First Century Palestine. I think that American, NATO or coalition troops that served in Iraq or Afghanistan, especially those who came to know the people in those countries understand the attitudes of Roman soldiers assigned to occupation duty throughout the Empire, especially in the volatile provinces of Judea and Samaria like Longinus.
I’ll post them over the coming week in addition to other articles that I have in process or which might pop up this week. Some of those include articles about men who served at Gettysburg, tomorrow one on Colonel Strong Vincent, a Union Volunteer who helped save Little Round Top on July 2nd 1863, and Monday, one on Lieutenant General Richard Ewell who commanded the Confederate Second Corps. Since Baseball Opening Day is fast approaching expect some baseball articles as well. I will probably be doing something on the current situation in Yemen, the various anti-Gay bills with the Orwellian title of “Religious Freedom Restoration” and the Germanwings crash this week as well.
So stay turned and spread the word.