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The Cross As Mirror

While Pilate and the chief priests conspired to solve their mutual problem while managing to remain enemies, Jesus stood at the center of the stage like a mirror in which all those around him saw themselves clearly for who they were. One way we Christians have avoided seeing our own reflections in the mirror is to pretend that this is a story about Romans and Jews. As long as they remain the villains, then we are off the hook - or so we think. Unfortunately, this is not a story that happened long ago in a land far away. 

- Barbara Brown Taylor, “Truth to Tell,” from The Perfect Mirror; reprinted in The Christian Century, March 18-25, 1998.