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Convidamos os leitores a aprenderem com ELE e fazerem a sua própria jardinagem.
sexta-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2014
TOUCH AND SEE
It is I myself!
Touch me and see.
Luke 24:39 (read 24.36b-48) – NIV
The Gospel according to Luke reports that Jesus'
companions were devastated and grieving the death of the one in whom they had
placed their hopes! Their world had collapsed and their dreams had evaporated.
They were left to pick up the pieces that were left over and to make a new
beginning in life! But suddenly that life appeared as a ghost before their
eyes. The dead Jesus was unbelievably alive! To answer their unbelief Jesus
invited them to touch him and look at his wounds. Jesus became a real and
amazing experience! They became eyewitnesses of the victory of life over death.
For us, Jesus as a resurrected person is not an
objective experience, but a dogma to be accepted by faith. Instead of being an
experience Jesus is a creed. Institutionalized Christianity presents Jesus as an
article of faith, a doctrine, a system of thought and a theology. Over the
centuries the churches have been increasingly divided on matters of doctrine
and religious practices. We are the fruit of this phenomenon that continues
today. It is difficult to identify with Jesus without declaring affiliation
with some denomination or religious tendency. We are pressured to conform to a
certain set of rules and have institutional loyalty.
Christianity is divorced from touching and seeing,
because there is no physical Jesus standing before us to show himself. If
touching and seeing is important, whom can we touch and see? The canonic
gospels cite Jesus as giving an answer. According to the Gospel of Mathew the
Jesus of today is not represented by ecclesiastical authorities but by people
in need who surround us – “Whatever you did for one of the least of
these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (25:40).
Today Jesus continues to be a constant reality by manifesting
himself in situations of despair and suffering. Jesus is not to be found in
religious gatherings in sanctuaries but on the margins of society. We're not
used to seeing Jesus in the homeless, the immigrant, the jobless or many others
who are cast out and shunned by main-liners who close themselves off from those
who are different from themselves. Many who identify themselves as Christians
reject Jesus when they see the needy by labeling them as being lazy, illegal or
otherwise unworthy of compassion.
When we refuse to give gestures of solidarity we are
rejecting the invitation to touch and see. But the invitation to touchand seecontinues
until now whether we recognize it or not. Touching and seeing only by faith is
a copout from exercising real live actions of compassion.
Luke 24:36-48 - New International Version (NIV)
JESUS APPEARS TO THE DISCIPLES
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and
why do doubts rise in your minds?Look
at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not
have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they
still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you
have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took
it and ate it in their presence.
He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you:
Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the
Prophets and the Psalms.”
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He
told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the
dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be
preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You
are witnesses of these things.