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Congratulations, Nick Sandmann. Jesus said, "By their fruits you will know them." And you have shown who you are. You have served honorably, admirably, and with distinction as a member of the Church Militant and showed yourself to be a true member of the body of Christ. May God be merciful and grant you peace in the days, weeks, months and years ahead as you go forth in His Name, the Name of Christ the Crucified.

"Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather," said Jesus.


It's taken me a long time to understand this passage of Scripture - after the events of this weekend, I think I get it - and as usual, I disagree with most of the "popular" commentators on the subject and believe Jesus is speaking in somewhat in obverse here.

The corpse, is not the carrion of the spiritually dead to whom God sends chasitsement. Jesus has just pointed out that many worldlings will be trying to deceive others and point to specific places where the Son of Man is. But Jesus has already told us, "the Kingdom of God is in your midst." The Kingdom of God doesn't "come" abruptly with the coming of the Son of Man, the Kingdom of God is in the world. And, as St. Paul says, "I bear in my own body the marks of Jesus," as he has gone through the persecutions he suffered.

If you want to find Jesus in this world - look where the carrion eating vultures are - that is, the worldlings who flock around Christians seeking to destroy those who "bear in their own body the marks of Jesus."

It is the whole Christian Church scattered throughout the world that is the "corpse" in this phrase - the corpse of Jesus - awaiting the final resurrection to Glory upon the return of the Son of Man. The vultures are the worldlings who "smell blood" and seek to further destroy and persecute and pick the bones of true believers.

So Jesus is here saying, where you see a flock of worldlings seeking to destroy righteousness and goodness --- say, for instance - when a young catholic man acts with honor and integrity and distinction in a very difficult situation as he is confronted face to face with idolatrous paganism and despicable perversions of the Scriptures - all seeking to cause him to give into his base nature - and where this same young man has "put to death" the sinful desires of the human heart and is able to stand in the face of such atrocities and "grin and bare it" - there you see the Kingdom of God in this world.

THIS is what was on display on the mall of our Nation's Capital. Nick Sandmann, a true disciple of Jesus of the Catholic faith - was confronted with all manner of evil intentions when a gross pagan banged his pagan drum in his face and a group overtaken with the spirit of Jezebel taunted and goaded him and his classmates seeking to lead them to disregard the promptings of the Holy Spirit to turn the other cheek. Instead of giving in to the sinful desire for retaliation which they no doubt had, they stood up as Jesus did before the Sanhedrin and before Pilate. They showed forth that they are the very body of the risen "corpse" of Jesus. And, "Wherever the corpse is, the vultures will gather."

And the vultures they did gather - as social media, mass media, and a whole horde of vile and hateful people sought to pick his bones clean. Even the vultures within the hierarchy of their Catholic Diocese and School did exactly what St. Peter did when he denied Jesus three times. Worse, they acted as the religious leaders of Jesus day - handing Nick over to be crucified and picked apart by the angry flock of vultures.

Congratulations, Nick Sandmann. Jesus said, "By their fruits you will know them." And you have shown who you are. You have served honorably, admirably, and with distinction as a member of the Church Militant and showed yourself to be a true member of the body of Christ. May God be merciful and grant you peace in the days, weeks, months and years ahead as you go forth in His Name, the Name of Christ the Crucified.

Matthew Dent
Pastor
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Standish, Michigan