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Lenten Devotions: Day Seventeen

Friday, March 25

Truck Einstein’s general theory of relativity suggests that light travels at a different speed in a vacuum than in real space, where large objects are present. Quantum theory takes us a step further, suggesting that the very act of observation changes reality.

We are never merely passive observers. Peter hoped to just be a casual onlooker during the trial of Jesus, but his presence as an observer changed the situation.

Objectivity is illusory. The pretense of neutrality is comforting but deceptive. Our very presence impacts and alters. The question is how.

David Maus is Upper Midwest and Plains field organizer at Bread for the World.


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If Peter had not tried to be a casual onlooker at the trial, if he had not denied Jesus, he wouldn’t have been doing what Jesus taught by saying that if your brother (in this case the bad guys) asks for the shirt off your back, give him your coat too. Peter gave them his own identity when he denied Jesus, essentially giving them the shirt off his back, which was what Jesus said to do. I don’t think he faltered; I think he passed a test.

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