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sexta-feira, 28 de outubro de 2016
DADDY’S WISHES FOR HIS KIDS
everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”
will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will
of my Father (Daddy) who is in heaven.
Matthew 7:21 (read 7:21-29) – NIV
Jesus was bold
enough to call God "Daddy". The original Greek language uses our
equivalent for “daddy”, but most bibles, including the NIV, gloss over it and
formalize the word into “father” which makes God seem more distant. In chapters
five through seven of Matthew Jesus explains what our Heavenly Daddy expects of
his kids. Public worship, praise and outward manifestations are not included in
these expectations. People who trust in worship, public prayers,
evangelization, performing miracles and exorcism as a means to please and serve
our Heavenly Daddy are fooling themselves. Our religious practices miss what
Jesus reveals to be the Divine will for us and for humanity.
and practices of Jesus are placed as the bedrock of Daddy’s wishes. The danger
is to substitute them with dogmas, doctrines, creeds and religious activities. Jesus
preached and practiced the Kingdom, but we created the Church in which the
cross is only a meaningless symbol. We cater to a patriotism which is
selfish nationalism that protects our privileges rather than live the Kingdom
which reaches out to the oppressed minorities of our society. We appeal to legalisms
rather than compassion. We create enemies whom we can hate.
This Kingdom has
to do with basic human values. These values include humility in face of our
limitations, the pursuit of goodness, peace, willingness to suffer and the
spirit of mercy (5:3-11). They lead us to act as salt and light in the world in
which we live our daily lives (5:13-16).
Love prevails in
all relationships: legal, community, property, marital, sexual, economic and
political. Loyalty and solidarity are the fruit of this love. Violence of
revenge on enemies is discarded in favor of love and forgiveness. This love is
the mark of perfection (5:17-48).
The practice of
religion is to be done very discreetly. Aid to the needy is done in secret,
known only to our Heavenly Daddy. Prayer is to be practiced behind of the
closed doors of our sacred bedroom chamber. The Lord’s Prayer is the model that
Jesus left. Fasting is also done only with the knowledge of Daddy. All
"hubba hubba", pomp, assemblies, conferences, councils, public acts
etc. have nothing to do with Daddy’s values (6:1-18). In fact, they are
contrary to them!
Our true wealth
is internal. The uncertainties of life must be addressed with faith. We are not
alone in this world. Daddy is with us and knows our needs (6:9-7:12).
Only a few have
the courage to follow this path (7:13-14).
religion! False prophets are many and promise much, fooling many people. Do
they produce the fruits described by Jesus? Are they discreet, humble,
compassionate, fair and engaged in the good of humanity? Or are they building their
own kingdom in Jesus' name?
conditioned to think of the Kingdom and our relationship to God in terms of the
church and of religious practices. The Kingdom is beyond the church and the
church can be an obstacle between us and the Kingdom. Our relationship with God
is connected to our daily lives in the world and our relationship with everyone
and everything around us. According to Jesus, Daddy’s wish is for us to be the
incarnation of Divine Love in the world.
7:21-29 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter
the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is
in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in
your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many
miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and
puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The
rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that
house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But
everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is
like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams
rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the
crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority,
and not as their teachers of the law.