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sexta-feira, 20 de maio de 2016
will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.
Isaiah 35:5-6 – NIV
Far from being
pessimistic, the scriptures are often too optimistic! They can point to
something good when so many bad things fill the world. They describe the
crippled not only as standing without crutches, but jumping and dancing; the
dumb not only as speaking a few words, but singing for joy! They tell us of
deserts being transformed into gardens with gushing water fountains! The
scriptures are optimistic to the extreme, because their God is great.
There is a law
of nature that we have great difficulty in accepting: life and death are interdependent.
One cannot exist without the other. Daily our body is sustained by the death of
millions of other biological organisms. Every bite we eat to sustain our body
comes from the death of other life forms: plant, animal or bacterial. Death
sustains our life. We cannot live without causing the death of other organisms.
Also, the death of our body will release elements that will go to support other
To see death and
tragedy as being final brings sadness and despair. The prophet Isaiah could see
that the dryness of the earth and the sufferings of the people could give way
to new possibilities yet undreamed of. He was optimistic because he saw that
the physical desolation around him could be transformed into a new fullness of
life. The ugliness could pave the way to beauty and sorrow to joy.
There is another
law that we have much difficulty in recognizing: evil is self-destructive.
The logic of dealing with evil by trying to destroy evil is like the logic of
killing people who kill people because killing people is wrong. Attempts to
destroy evil only multiply evil. An eye for eye causes blindness, not sight.
Historically, all great imperials have collapsed from inner rottenness rather
than from superior external forces. Evil gives the appearance of being all
powerful, but it will ultimately destroy itself. Our great danger is that by
our participation in evil, even by trying to destroy it, we will destroy
contribution of the Gospel message is the creation of good, not the destruction
of evil. Many people in
the time of Jesus expected him to be a powerful figure and destroy the Roman
oppressors. When that didn’t happen he was questioned about his “savior hood”.
He replied: “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are
cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed
to the poor” (Mt. 11:5). We cannot destroy evil in the world, but we
can promote goodness. Our prophetic hope is that evil will eventually
destroy itself and that our goodness will be self-perpetuating.
We were startled
to see the Muslim fanatics, willingly and joyfully sacrifice their lives in
defense of their cause. They believe that their death will contribute to their
enemy’s defeat. For them death is a friend. We condemn those who kill in the
name of God, but at the same time, would be able to die for love of even a
neighbor, much less for someone who does not like us? We so love our
comfort and security that we are reluctant to sacrifice our privileges, much
less our lives.
play up the death of Jesus but have difficulty in following the example of his
life. Yet, it was his
teachings and ministry that made his death significant. Jesus needs to be born
within us in such a way as to infect us with the prophetic optimism that leads
us to give up our privileges with the certainty that self-giving is the way to abundant