What is the significance of the Ides of March? Most people have heard the term, but not everyone knows the story behind its; meaning. In ancient Rome, the Ides of March was the night of the first full moon of the month in their calendar. It was the night that Julius Caesar was assassinated on the floor of the Roman Senate. That one act, perpetrated by friends and foes of the dictator, put a process in motion that would lead to the rise of an empire. Legend has it that a seer warned Caesar while he was preparing to attend the Feast of Lupercal with Antony, Brutus, and Cassius. This pagan festival, a fertility ritual and road race at the Colosseum , is no longer celebrated. The church abolished it when Rome converted to Christianity. Longinus , the Roman Centurion who pierced the body of Christ on the cross after he expired. The lance he used is preserved under the dome of St.
Today is the fifteenth of March, and if you know anything about Roman history or if you paid attention that one day in Literature , you know that means this is the day Julius Caesar ate it. He was killed by a conspiracy involving enemies and friends alike, men who were worried he would bring the downfall of the Roman upon them. Like Caesar, our Lord was the subject of a conspiracy to kill him, organized by the religious ruling class and one of His own disciples. The big difference between Julius Caesar and Jesus Christ? Jesus rose from the dead and the Book about Him is much better that the Play about Julius, no offense to William Shakespeare.
And while many have fought on their knees against the closures, they are yet frustrated because I have not responded to their pleas to override the shutdown. Then, seeing this time through somber eyes, or with angry hearts, is not how to approach this season, but instead, should be embraced with the anticipation of something amazing developing because there is much I am doing now, even though these houses of worship are closed. For My children must remember: My Spirit does not dwell in a building, but within their hearts. So even if the government prevents them from gathering corporately, their connection to Me, and the work I am doing, is unbreakable, as nothing can squelch the flame of everlasting hope My own still carry in their hearts; nor block the power of My love from illuminating others through their lives. Then a short-sighted view will not do in this season, where My children sit waiting for this quarantine to be over so they can get back to church and reestablish their old habits of service. I do not mean this season to be a pause in operation, where their church cultures are suspended for awhile, only to resume right where they left off after the national shutdown is lifted. Therefore, stop kicking against the doors, demanding they reopen. Instead, let your hearts settle in peace. For once you have partnered with the voice of My Spirit, His gentle whisper will reveal the will of your Father during these days of confinement.
A soothsayer warned Caesar of impending danger on that day. He apparently ignored the warning. Some say a friend convinced him that it was nothing more than superstitious foolishness.