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sexta-feira, 7 de agosto de 2015
HOPE HOVERING OVER DARKNESS
Now the earth was
formless and empty,
darkness was over the surface of the deep,
and the Spirit of God
was hovering over the waters.
Genesis 1:2 (read 1:1-5) - NIV
This passage is not intended to be a historical
account of how the heavens and the earth were made. The historical and
scientific facts are out of our reach. Scientists have hypotheses that are
intellectual exercises that present possible explanations of the evolutionary
processes of nature. They can stimulate thought and satisfy curiosity. The
purpose of the scriptures is to inspire, not to explain. We err in using the
ancient scriptures to try to explain how the world came to be as we know it
today. The exercise of attempting to explain falls into the ridiculous.
A metaphorical (mythos) interpretation of the
scriptures looks beyond a literal (logos) reading in order to understand spiritual
principles of life. This passage brings a message of hope in the face of a darkness
that would impede the forming of an ecological system that could sustain life.
The message of this story of creation is hope – out of
darkness comes light. The beginning of the Genesis account leaves the earth in
darkness and covered by the sea. Life would be impossible, but the Spirit of
God hovered over the dark waters. Hope was in the "hovering of the
Spirit." The conditions of anti-life were not absolute. The inhospitable
place was fertilized by the Spirit. From the first moment on the divine hovering
overcame obstacles, apparently insurmountable, to make way for life. This is followed
by the allegorical process of creating life.
The words: "Let there be light" began to overcome
the darkness and pave way for life. The light did not eliminate the darkness.
Both are necessary for life. God saved the darkness as also a supporting
element for life. The balance between day and night is fundamental in the order
of nature. Our life is a succession of nightfalls and the daybreaks.
The suffering and anguish of night prepares the way
for the beginning of a new day. Labor pains are necessary for the joy of the
birth of a child. In the Gospels Jesus' death on the cross made possible the
resurrection which left an empty tomb. The "hovering of the Spirit"
can turn our dry deserts into green valleys, our crosses into fruit trees, our
defeats into victory and our tears into laughter. Death makes life possible.
Political, social and economic darkness today frighten
us. Secular and religious hatred and violence seem to have no limits. The gap
between the rich and the poor is growing. The proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction threatens the lives of all living beings. Consumption and rampant
drug traffic feed on the spiritual emptiness of globalization. Greed and
corruption are destroying millions of lives. The destruction of natural
resources, pollution of water, air and soil are upsetting the ecological system
and accelerating the extinction of thousands of species of plants and wildlife.
Living conditions for all forms of life are increasingly precarious.
Despite the failure and the inaction of churches to
address themselves to this situation we want to believe that the Divine Spirit
is hovering over these dark waters. Can we expect another miracle? Can light be
made to shine in order to reverse the death process and return to the path of
life? Can we BE lights to shine in the darkness?
GENESIS 1:1-5 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
In the beginning God
created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty,
darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering
over the waters.
And God said, “Let
there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he
separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the
darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the