It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Holding out against repression, a reflection on 4 Maccabees 11

The fifth brother leaped up, "I  have come on my own accord so that by murdering me, you will be punished by heaven,"

He then asked them a question, "Why are you destroying us? Is it because we worship the Creator of all things and live according to his law?"

As he was tortured cruelly, gasping for breath, he said, "Tyrant, you're doing us a favor letting us show our endurance for the law."

When he had died, the sixth brother was led in. He too chose dying over eating the forbidden food.
While being tortured, he said to the tyrant, "We six boys have paralyzed your tyranny. Since you have not been able to persuade us or force us to eat defiling foods, is this not your own downfall? Your violence is powerless. The law is unconquered. We hold fast to reason."

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