The Ides of March

“Not that I loved Caesar less but that I loved Rome more.” (Brutus in Julius Caesar)

The expression, “The Ides of March” has come to represent an evil day of betrayal. It was on this date in Shakespeare’s noted play that Brutus stabbed Caesar, and the emperor’s reply expresses his dismay at the treachery of a friend. But the killer cites a higher loyalty. We are all challenged to consider our loyalties and how to regard them without resorting to another evil.

Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? (Proverbs 20:6)
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)