Buscamos inspiração na pessoa de Jesus para fazermos a nossa jardinagem do espírito. Ele foi o jardineiro por excelência. Soube cultivar as sementes da fé para produzirem plantas que fornecem abrigo e sustento. Este blog é um esforço para fazer a nossa jardinagem das passagens bíblicas à luz de Jesus que é digno de servir como nosso modelo.
Convidamos os leitores a aprenderem com ELE e fazerem a sua própria jardinagem.
sexta-feira, 10 de março de 2017
FAITH WITHOUT FANFARE
commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the
more they kept talking about it.
7:36 (read 7:31-37) – NIV
never did what others expected of him. Those who brought the deaf
mute to be healed tried to tell Jesus how to do the cure, by the
laying on of hands. They were expecting Jesus to do something
spectacular in front of the crowd. But Jesus did it his own way and
not according to popular expectations. He left the crowd and went
away with the man and dealt with him in an unprecedented way
according to his needs.
couldn’t mold Jesus into their pattern. He went beyond established
structures and frustrated expectations. Today we still use dogmas and
theological definitions to try to reduce Jesus to the size of human
understanding. In reality he goes way beyond the boundaries of
Christianity as churches try to define them.
respected human dignity. He did not let the deaf mute become an
object of curiosity and public spectacle. He took him out of the
crowd and dealt with him in a discreet place. Respect and discretion
were always the marks of Jesus. He did not seek publicity. His
contacts were direct, person to person. Many churches are infected
with a commercialist spirit and adopt the philosophy that advertising
is the soul of business. They seek to play up the marvelous things by
making them publicly known through mega-churches and movements and by
selling packaged spirituality. In contrast, Jesus asked not to tell
anyone. The healing itself conveyed the message.
Jesus, "announcing the good news" was not to promote an
advertising campaign. It was to live in solidarity, without pretensions
of grandeur and without calling attention to oneself. It was to act
unseen like salt and yeast, within the dough. If our lives and our
deeds do not speak for themselves our advertising is misleading.
Advertising, both secular and religious, is always misleading,
because it exalts benefits while hiding the negative. The fame of
Jesus grew by spontaneous testimony by those who were benefited.
Jesus was never a promoter.
today employs "promotion mechanisms”. It projects a positive
image through sumptuous buildings and showy publications that report
their deeds and disclose their activities. Rarely do its works speak
for themselves. We know of the projects by propaganda rather than by
spontaneous testimony from the mouths of the benefited.
imagine this scenario: all churches outlawed with all religious
temples demolished or turned into museums and theaters, all religious
publications banned, all media secularized and all concentrations of
a religious nature prohibited. How would we live and share our faith?
would help us rediscover the value of fraternal coexistence and
compassionate relationships. We would find that the banned things are
secondary and that we could live our faith without them. We would be
forced to let our quality of life and its fruit speak for themselves.
We would go back to basics and minister as Jesus ministered and
"proclaim the good news" through concrete acts of love.
That is what it means to live the Kingdom.
7:31-37 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the
Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. There some
people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and
they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.
he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into
the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He
looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!”
(which means “Be opened!”). At this, the man’s ears were
opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.
commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more
they kept talking about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement.
“He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the
deaf hear and the mute speak.”