Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?”
How often is our judgement of others
decreed before we have met?
How often do the myths and hearsay
determine our relationships?
It was the myths that determined Jesus' fate -
the rumours and the gossip
the hopes and the dreams...
It was the aspirations of others
that there should be a vanquishing leader
that put the nails in his cross.
He did a good job of raising folks hackles
He wasn't the best with social etiquette -
but his reputation went before him
to condemn him.
And in a system of justice
corrupt and swift
he had no chance.
No chance to be heard or understood
Merely the opportunity
to leave an impression
that would not quickly fade.
That was Jesus the man.
And in our world today,
will Jesus the baby
fare any better?
Or is his advent
by our fear
and low expectations
and lack of hope
that anything can pierce the darkness
of our world today?