Sunday, November 29, 2015

Uproar, familiar

After Acts 23

He speaks to rulers and priests,
saying what he always says,
explaining what he always explains,
a remarkable consistency in view
of the inevitable result: the uproar
so familiar, so expected, that he must
be either baiting them or so completely
single-minded that he can do nothing
else. As he pits false belief against
false belief, opinion against opinion,
ignorance and blindness against
ignorance and blindness, hardened,
he finds himself, once again, taken
by the soldiers to protect him
from a gathering darkness.

Illustration: Paul before the Sanhedrin in Jersusalem.

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