Hmmm. CD94 sent this to me yesterday, and I knew it wasn’t a poke in the eye because he is likewise a devout, daily Mass-going, Magnificat-subscribing Catholic. Actually, it’s a very interesting piece on intel and colonial insurgency, drawn against the backdrop of a story we all (?) know well but from a different angle.
Into this political maelstrom came a carpenter from Galilee. If you were Pontius Pilate’s intelligence chief, you would have started a file on Jesus immediately, and here’s why: Stories had started to arrive from Galilee in the north about a street preacher, a miracle worker and healer, named Jesus.
He drew large crowds, and the Romans did not like crowds because they could get out of hand and lead to civil disturbance. Had there been an agent in the crowd at the Sermon on the Mount he would have heard messages like “The meek shall inherit the earth” and “The first will come last and the last will come first,” which to Roman ears sounded highly subversive. He was called to his preaching by John the Baptist, another troublemaker who was later put to death by Herod Antipas, ruler of Galilee, who knew a little something about security. Jesus caused so much trouble in Galilee that Herod had him expelled from the province, and now he was heading for Jerusalem. Had there been GPS systems back then, there might be a flashing dot on a map moving south.
Oh, and BTW– the author is a professor at VMI.