April 2017 Legionnaire Article
by Fr. Bob Humacher, OFM
Chapter 18 of John’s Gospel presents the riveting appearance of Jesus before Pontius Pilate. I believe this is one of the highlights of the Passion Narrative in the Fourth Gospel. Its brilliant construction brings the theological and dramatic climax of the Hour of Jesus.
The trial takes place inside and outside the palace of Pilate, indicating an intersection of religion and politics. One must be careful as to not interpret Pilate as sympathetic to Jesus’ case. Any talk of messiah among the Jewish people was viewed as a threat to Roman governance, so this situation had to be dealt with expediently. Jesus, even after the scourging and crowning, is resolute in his mission. In his dialogue with Pilate Jesus is clear about his role: “For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate then posits that famous question: “What is the truth?” He then has Jesus brought outside again without waiting for an answer to his question.
The evangelist proclaims the mission of Jesus in the trial by referring back to chapter 10 where Jesus speaks about his relationship with God and the relationship of the sheep (followers and believers) who belong to him, belong to the truth. In this trial “the Jews” signifies those who do not believe in Jesus as revealer of God. Pilate also falls into that category of unbelievers by simply walking away from The Truth without an answer to his question.
Read the entire article, The Truth
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The Nature Suite by Fr. Bob
The Nature Suite’s sixteen movements are uplifting, joyful, tender and rooted in the realities of natural beauty all around us. My years as a Franciscan have given me a deep sensitivity to human nature and to the splendors of life in its fullness. I am grateful that I am a musician and have such a splendid manner to express the richness of life as I perceive it.
This collection has been a joy to produce with my friends, Orchestra da Camera di Perugia. Each movement captures one place or element or creature in a particular style. My background as a child of the Midwest U.S is apparent in the sounds captured in The Nature Suite. I believe this collection came from personal creativity and divine inspiration. Without words the listener can experience what I have in the marvels of creation
The Franciscan Legionnaire Articles by Fr. Bob
This is Lent (March 2017)
What Shall We Do? (January 2017)
Dreams of Peace (December 2016)
Dreams (November 2016)
Embrace the Differences (September 2016)
It's Time to Talk Honestly (August 2016)
Church, State, and Election Year (July 2016)
New, New, New (January 2016)
A Composer's Conversion (February 2016)
Acknowledge God Above All Else (March 2016)