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sexta-feira, 17 de junho de 2016
LABORING IN LOVE AND HOPE
have labored in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand,
and my reward is with my God.
Isaiah 49:4b (read 49:1-6) NIV
Isaiah felt that
he was a messenger to "all peoples of the world" and took upon
himself the title "Servant of God". He felt very small before the
huge challenge of bringing hope to people who were going through the greatest
crisis in their history. Not seeing results made the feeling of frustration
weigh heavily upon him, and he felt the failure of having strived in vain. Even
so, there sprang up in his chest a hope that everything would still be rewarded
for acting in harmony with the will of God. It was this consciousness that gave
him the strength to not give up.
We know that the
universe is trillions of times greater than Isaiah thought it to be. Our
present day crisis is unprecedented and covers aspects that Isaiah never
dreamed of. It even threatens the existence of the whole human race.
Globalization has produced a global crisis: water and air pollution, depletion
of natural resources, economic and political inequalities, loss of ethical
values, religious conflicts and the development of weapons capable of
destroying most of life on Earth in the blink of an eye.
Faced with our
chaos of the early twenty-first century, the crisis of Isaiah seems small. Can
we draw inspiration from that remote past? I believe so.
With a more
ample vision of the universe (multiverse) we need a broader vision of God. We
could identify God as being cosmic, as being the consciousness of the whole
multiverse and present in every atom and every cell of our body. We are an
integral part of this multiverse. Our existence is a part of the scheme of
things and fits into the whole. We influence the whole and are influenced by
it. Life is an interchange. The sacred and the multiverse are one and the same.
By being in tune
with the sacred whole we reach our fullest potential without exhausting our
strength. Harmony is letting ourselves be integrated into the mega system of
life. As we act on behalf of others, we are acting on behalf of ourselves! To
be instruments of the welfare of others, we are also benefiting ourselves.
Being useful and
being preserved at the same time is one of the principles of life! To act
against others and against love is to act against ourselves. Sin kills, but
justice quickens. By practicing goodness and walking according to the
principles of the universe we are promoting and strengthening the system of
life. By practicing evil and walking against the principles of life, we are
actually destroying ourselves. This being true, humanity seems to be marching
to its own destruction.
symbolism, the union of Jesus with the Father is the ultimate example of the
dynamics of salvation. For Christians, the presence of the Spirit of Jesus in
them makes them agents of salvation in the world. They are called to be
"light" in the world and "salt" on the earth. They are
called to come out of the temples and act where the masses are and where danger
We may not be
able to see immediately that by acting in accordance to the principles of love
and justice that we are really making any difference in the world, but we can
do so, trusting that we are not acting in vain. We can only do our part and
leave it up to the future to germinate the good seed that we sow. We may feel
that we are acting in vain, but we can hope that what we are planting will bear
49:1-6 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
Listen to me, you islands;
you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me;
mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
concealed me in his quiver.
He said to me, “You are my servant,
whom I will display my splendor.”
But I said, “I have labored in vain;
I have spent
my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand,
reward is with my God.”
And now the Lord says—
formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
Israel to himself,
for I am[a] honored in the eyes of the Lord
and my God
has been my strength—
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
the tribes of Jacob
back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the