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This is one of a number of monologues that I have written for use in worship or some other reflective purpose. This one deals with the events of the healing of the Centurion's servant from the point of view of the Centurion's commanding officer.

Letter From a Tribune to the Prefect of Judea
Matthew 8: 5-13; Luke 7: 1-10

As instructed I have investigated the matter of fraternisation as was reported to me and herewith provide my full and complete report.

Centurion Maximus freely admits that he did seek aid and comfort from a member of the local population which is contrary to the rules of occupation as laid down in general by the Senate and in particular by yourself with regard to this land. He cites in his defence that it often falls to an officer in the  Imperial Army to take desperate measures to ensure the safety and well being of the men under his command.

I am sure that you will feel, as I did, that these bare facts warranted further and fuller investigation which explains the delay in the  completion of this report. By your leave, I will here present those further facts.

The member of the indigenous population central to this matter is no ordinary man. At first sight he appears to be a tradesman from a small and insignificant collection of hovels that these people call their homes near to Tiberias.  However, he has already shown an in  depth knowledge of the religious teachings of these people and assembled quite a following.  He is well respected by the rabble who sometimes flock to hear him in their thousands.


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