In the 1959 film epic Ben Hur, Director William Wyler told the story of Judah Ben Hur. Judah is wrongly convicted of attempting to assassinate the new Roman governor, Gratus, when a roof tile dislodges scaring his horse and causing injury. He is assigned ultimately to service upon a Roman galley as an oarsman where he meets an admiral named Quintus Arrius. Arrius, after whipping Ben Hur, comes to appreciate the character of the slave known to him only as #41. Three years' service on the flagship has toughened Ben Hur.
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.