Whose Side Are You On? – Those Who Witnessed the Passion
– by Carlos Mantica
IX. The Fearful Ones
And in front of them is the largest group of all, that of the fearful ones. “There were many women looking from afar,” says Luke 27:55.
Women… and surely men too, but they all preferred to look at the show from a prudent distance.
I don’t want to offend anyone, for it was a courageous man who told us that “Everyone is the master of his own fear”. It’s just that in the whole history of the human race, no greater injustice, or with greater hatred, has ever been committed than the one that was committed that afternoon against the only just man that has ever existed.
I don’t think I’m more courageous than Peter, but, just like Peter, my acts of cowardice hurt me. And it is less cowardly to stay at a distance, powerless, than abusing, striking or mocking the defenseless who, nailed to a cross that should have been ours, asks the Father to forgive them because they know not what they are doing. And it was all done in order to please the powerful, to go with the trend, to obey the slogans, to echo the public opinion.
Carlos Mantica is a founder of The City of God community (La Cuidad de Dios) in Managua, Nicaragua, and a founding leader of the Sword of the Spirit. He served as president of the Sword of the Spirit between 1991 and 1995. Adapted from the book, From Egghead to Birdhood (hatch or rot as a Christian), © copyright 2001 Carlos Mantica.