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They gambled for his clothes

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Mary Kay Bonfante
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Thank you, my friend, for sharing this impassioned poem about the crucifixion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. While you have focused on his connection to this Roman soldier, and the gambling for his garments, in the process you have described the agony Our Savior suffered that was even reflected by changes in the earth itself. This agony and death was what He endured to give us what was impossible before: forgiveness and eternal life with God. He bridged the gap between us and the Father.
I don't know where the historical record is of this soldier, but of the seven last sayings of Jesus on the Cross, none as recorded in the Bible were spoken to a centurion. It may be recorded somewhere else, but I wouldn't know where to begin looking.
There was, however, a centurion who spoke about Jesus, saying, "Surely this man was the Son of God."
Someone did make a movie called "The Robe" about the centurion who ended up with the robe of Jesus. His name in the movie was Marcellus Gallio, but I don't know if he really existed, or was inspired to come to life by historical events.
Your very meaningful and intense poem demonstrates not only the suffering of Christ, but the power of His Presence. Glory to God!


 Comment Written 13-Apr-2020



reply by the author on 13-Apr-2020
    Hello my sweet friend, Yes, it was a film with Victor Mature playing the centurion - my dad told me when I was a child. Apparently, he couldn't throw it away because of its power and eventually, he became a Christian. Fact or fiction, I don't know. I wanted to write something for Easter, my muse was away. So, I wrote what my dad told me. And yes, the words "Surely this man was the Son of God," may have been from the centurion? Nice to think it was. I think of you and yours at this dreadful time, we are no way as bad as the US. Being an island and only 7 states. This virus has come in via the cruise ships. Armageddon I believe this is only the beginning as forecast in the Book of Revelation. Bless you honey-child. Love, Kay.

reply by Mary Kay Bonfante on 13-Apr-2020
    Thank you, dear friend. So good to hear from you. No one has ever called me honey-child before, how nice! You are a honey, yourself!
    Interesting that your dear father told you the story. I would love to have met him, I can tell he was a fine man.
    Yes, this could be the beginning of the end. Many people need to repent and believe. The Bible says that some people will not believe, no matter what woes come upon them.
    But I will remain hopeful for the time being that we can get through this. It is just so surreal sometimes, and it seems to have come upon us so suddenly. It's not like just one or two things changed overnight, but dozens and dozens of things -- the fabric of our lives has been transformed by the changes we have to make for the survival of our society. May God bless you too, my Aussie friend.
    Love, Mary Kay

reply by the author on 14-Apr-2020
    Can you still order a New Yorker pizza! I have to cheer folks up even though I am on my own and down and depressed. Keep on keeping on and our faith will bring us through these dark days. Oz only has 1,000 infected and around 7 dead. Nothing like America! You must be devastated to say the least. Love, Kay XX

reply by Mary Kay Bonfante on 14-Apr-2020
    Dear Kay, It's funny, I haven't even thought of pizza since this quarantine started. I don't think very many pizzerias are open these days. Only two of our local restaurants in my area remain open, and they're only allowed to sell food for pickup and delivery. You can't sit down in any restaurant to eat food -- although it's strange, I dream about it sometimes! Maybe there are a few large pizzerias or Italian restaurants open in Queens, but I haven't checked.
    When we have pizza in NYC, we don't always order a pie. Under normal circumstances, we might go there and just have a slice or two. Yes, the pizza is round and huge, but they cut it into 8 slices -- unless you want Sicilian pizza, which is much thicker, and baked in a huge square. I think they cut it into 16 pieces.
    It is a devastating situation here. I heard that 50 transit workers died from the virus. I guess they didn't realize how bad it was and only recently began protecting themselves. I don't remember whether I told you, a dear friend from church died last week -- it was very sad and disturbing.
    I am told that 20,000 people in America have died, so far. That's one-fifth of the 100,000 who have died worldwide. Of course, these are only round numbers. It's changing all the time, and not in a good way.
    Some of the politicians are saying that things are actually getting better, and that we might be able to relax some of the restrictions soon, but I don't believe that. My hope is in God and I know we will have to be patient.
    Stay safe, my friend. God bless you.
    Love, Mary Kay

reply by Mary Kay Bonfante on 14-Apr-2020
    I just re-read your reply, where you said that you're down and depressed. I hope you'll feel better soon. On your own? Is your aide still helping you? I hope so. Sometimes if we try to cheer others up, we cheer ourselves up also, so I'm glad you're doing that. These are truly difficult times. Yes, our faith will bring us through. God is faithful. Sending my love,
    Mary Kay xoxo

reply by the author on 15-Apr-2020
    G'day Mary Kay, It rhymes! My partner died in Oct. so yes, I am alone with my 15 yr old doggie. I have Govt.help twice weekly. Weekends are the pits. I was going swimming on a Sunday, pools are closed as are beaches. I love the heated therapy pool. I am an amputee my friend. Much love, Kay.

reply by Mary Kay Bonfante on 15-Apr-2020
    I'm so sorry you're alone, my friend. Was your partner the one who was helping you? I'm very sorry for your loss -- it must be very difficult, especially these days, with this lockdown. I'm glad you have your doggy for company. And government help twice a week -- it's something, but not much, I'm sure.
    Yes, you mentioned to me that you're an amputee, and I think I recall that you mentioned in one of your stories that you were in a very bad accident. Was that how it happened? Not that I mean to be a "nosy parker" again! It must have been very traumatic for you. I am sorry. You have really been through a lot. Sorry you have to miss your swim, as well. Stay safe, I am thinking of you, my friend. May God bless you and keep you well.
    Love, Mary Kay xoxo

reply by the author on 15-Apr-2020
    G'day mate! We always seem to end up talking about a pizza! Our places are home delivering or take away. People of my age...guess? We are not allowed out at all. I am blessed to have carers twice weekly.
    Conditions here mirror your conditions in US. Sorry for the loss of your church friend. Australia is more fortunate as far as stats go. America is a huge country = huge losses. At present, my state has 1,000 affected and eight dead. Big difference to you. We are in the end of days and we know that Christ will lift us up. I am not afraid to die, I look forward to being with Jesus. What are you doing to amuse yourself at home? I can imagine, talking under concrete on the computer? Hope hubby is OK too, he wouldn't dare get sick with you in charge! Hee, Hee, XXK.

reply by the author on 15-Apr-2020
    Tis me, from over the sea. She was ill with rheumatoid arthritis, because I use an electric wheelchair, I was able to ferry food and drink to her. She just dropped dead in the kitchen six months ago. In a way - I am free from worry. Mrs nosey parker indeed! I was her carer (literally) for the last five years. I prayed to the Lord to help me as I was at the end of my tether, physically and mentally! Sure got an answer...didn't think it would be a final one! Next question?

reply by Mary Kay Bonfante on 16-Apr-2020
    Oh, dear Kay, that was surely a rough solution to your difficulties. You are an amazing person, having been a career to both her and your mother, when you were disabled yourself. You must have felt very lonely, afterwards. Life isn't easy. May God lift you up and give you peace, my friend.
    Love, Mary Kay xoxo
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This is a wonderful tribute poem for Easter. I like that your Author's notes tell about the Roman soldier whose life was changed because of Jesus' cloak. I hope you've had a good day, Kay. I wore my Easter hat at home and it was an uplift. Blessings, my friend, --Janet


 Comment Written 12-Apr-2020



reply by the author on 14-Apr-2020
    Hi Janet, Thanks for reading and glad you liked. Not many people are reading our work. "Get on your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it," remember that old song? Never had an Easter like this one. The States are in big trouble. We are not so bad, have reached 1,000 infected, too far away from the epicentre. Stay well my friend. Love, Kay XX
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This is a very beautiful and very well written poem about the way they treated Jesus. You used very good descriptive words and very lovely imagery from the art work you chose. I can't believe how ugly they were to Jesus. He did nothing wrong. Best wishes in the contest. love and blessings, Teri


 Comment Written 12-Apr-2020



reply by the author on 14-Apr-2020
    Hello my friend, Yes, he was a scapegoat for the masses. Little did they know he was really the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Hope you are keeping well? US is in big trouble, not so bad here, only 1,000 infections and a few oldies passed away. Thinking of you, much love and God Bless and keep you. Love, Kay.
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Hi Kay. A very nicely composed poem about casting lots for Jesus's robe and the guilt attached to it by the one who got it. Perhaps the repentance and surely the conversion saved him. Good luck in the contest. Marilyn


 Comment Written 12-Apr-2020



reply by the author on 14-Apr-2020
    Hello Mrs Squirrel! Hope you are keeping well? Everyone has cabin fever here. Glad you liked the poem. It was made into a movie, you may remember The Robe? Long time ago now. Thinking of you my friend. Love, Kay XX

reply by BeasPeas on 14-Apr-2020
    Hi Kay. Across the world, we are going stir crazy, too. Life has certainly changed in just a few months. Thanks to FS, we are able to speak to each other and enjoy each other. Yay! Hugs, Marilyn

reply by BeasPeas on 14-Apr-2020
    P.S. Forgot to say, yes, I remember The Robe and many other movies on the topic. I especially like Jesus Christ Superstar. I've heard a lot about The Passion of the the Christ, but I still am unable to bring myself to watch it.

reply by the author on 15-Apr-2020
    Indeed, it is our lifeline to the world and I thank god for it. I hate mobile phones. I noticed not many people reviewing? Have you noticed the drop-off in writing etc?

reply by the author on 15-Apr-2020
    Thank you Marilyn. Love, Kay.XX

reply by the author on 15-Apr-2020
    We'll have to stop meeting like this! FS has turned into a chat room! No, I couldn't go see Passion of the Christ, I believe some nuns went and were horrified. Yuk.

reply by BeasPeas on 16-Apr-2020
    I agree, Kace. The movie got raves, but too horrible. to watch. I cry at Jesus Christ Superstar which is a musical. :( Marilyn

reply by BeasPeas on 16-Apr-2020
    Hi Kay. No I haven't noticed a drop off. I'm just trying to keep up with the 30-day challenge. Yes, it is our lifeline. I hate mobile phones, too. Hugs, Marilyn

reply by the author on 20-Apr-2020
    You big baby, crying at a movie/play. Must have been rather moving? XXK. PS Toby dog is at my feet snoring ZZZzzz. Boy is he noisy for a little doggie. Do you have a pet?

reply by BeasPeas on 20-Apr-2020
    Yes, I have a kitty, Jewel, and a dog, Emma. I write about them frequently. I'll LOL. Emma does snore, too.
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