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Convidamos os leitores a aprenderem com ELE e fazerem a sua própria jardinagem.
sexta-feira, 15 de abril de 2016
CHALLENGE AND HOPE
our fortunes, Lord,
like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
return with songs of joy,
sheaves with them.
Psalm 126:4-6 – NIV
The return of
the exiles to their homeland was a like dream that came true. The end of their
captivity was like a new birth. It was a great conquest and an occasion to
celebrate with laughter and songs.
But the reality
they encountered was the opposite of their dream. There was not much left of
their homeland. Everything had changed. They found devastation and a world to
be rebuilt. The song turned into supplication. They asked God's blessing for
the new seeding, knowing it would involve sacrifice and suffering. Their hope
was that their efforts would be like the rains that would fill dry beds of
We all start out
life as winners. Our very conception was a great achievement. It was the result
of the union of an ovum and a sperm. The competition was fierce. The ovum was
only one of hundreds (or thousands) of ova produced by the mother and the sperm
was one among billions produced by the father. The union of that sperm with
that ovum which produced each of us was a great victory for both the ovum and
the sperm. At our birth many challenges lay before us – standing, walking,
running, learning a language, making friends, enjoying pleasures, experiencing
the world and establishing an identity. With the gifts of life plus our own
efforts we got where we are today. We have much to be thankful for and to
But today we
face a world slipping into chaos, dominated by a military-industrial complex
that is gaining power by promoting greed, hostility and violence with the use
of ignorance, politics and religion to divide and conquer. The great majority
of the world population is being victimized in benefit of an ever shrinking but
privileged few. Terrorism, both secular and ideological, is becoming the norm.
Patriotic and religious violence is glorified. Hindus and Sikhs murder Muslims.
Muslims kill Christians. Christians exterminate Muslims. Protestants reject
Catholics etc. The “Unholy” land of Palestine is paralyzed with religious
hostilities and is far from being a hope for the world, contrary to Zionist
propaganda. Climatic change is being denied for the reason that facing up to it
will reduce the profits of those who are devastating the environment.
makes great claims as to who Jesus is, but conveniently ignores what Jesus did
and taught. Putting into practice Jesus’ lifestyle and teachings would make
Christianity a radical departure from our present set of values. It would take
us in the direction of a world of peace and justice. But the Christian majority
is strangely silent before what is happening in the world and has adapted the “shoot
back” philosophy of paganism. I recently saw a church bulletin manifestation of
this spirit of violence, describing Jesus as "the great warrior"
coming to "penetrate the hearts with the sword of the Word" and
"destroy the wicked." I was saddened by the insensitivity of those
who wrote and published the article.
We need to sow
peace. In today's world, it is very difficult to be a sower of peace.
Intolerant fundamentalism promotes prejudice and rejection. Embracing the
brother or sister who doesn’t happen to fit into what some think is “right” is
out of the question. Sowing peace involves suffering and tears. Jesus, by
living peace, wept over Jerusalem. He never took up arms. He said that those
who use the sword will be killed by the sword (Mt.26.52). He opted for the
cross as the path to true peace (salvation). Christianity has opted to defend
itself by the sword and avoid giving itself on a cross. It has adapted security
over sacrifice as a way of life.
really believe in the power of love? Do they really believe that God is able to
use the seeds of self-giving as a way to the sprouting of new life? Do they
really believe that beyond the cross there is a resurrection and that tears can
be transformed into songs of joy?