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, 7 de abril de 2017
APPEARANCES AND REALITY
out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in
flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the
marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the
synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour
widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers.
12:38b - 40a (read 12:38-44) – NIV
represents the best and worst of what is in the human spirit.
Religious activities and liturgies may be expressions of beauty, of
mystery and communion with the Creator and with creation. Or they may
be disguises to hide the ugliness of selfishness and self-promotion.
In some cases they may be a mixture of both the best and the worst.
and charitable institutions can provide opportunities for people of
goodwill to provide services to others. They can also serve as a
stage for people to project their neuroses and gain power and
prestige. The negative may be disguised by outward forms that project
a facade of grandeur and self-promotion which give the illusion of
triumph and power. Genuine good may go undetected because it is not
passage from the New Testament, Mark 12:38-44 (see end of text), is
an illustration of this principle. Jesus issues a warning to not be
misled by appearances. Power is gained at the expense of the
disadvantaged and humble who are the true citizens of the Kingdom.
Their contribution is not recognized by the powerful and is ignored
and despised as being insignificant. Their greatness is hidden, but
it is valuable because it represents sacrifice, self-giving and
humility. They do not come to occupy prominent places in the
hierarchy of power and prestige. They are motivated by gratitude, are
helpful and do not desire personal aggrandizement.
widow, exploited and impoverished by the elite, gave her last two
coins. In reality it was the greatest offering of the day.
history is done by the victors and is based on appearances and
falsehoods. Real history is different. The real heroes are often
unsung and represent true virtue. They are priceless, because they
cannot be bought.
am suspicious of much ado, flag waving and big claims. That is not
what the Kingdom is all about. The true Kingdom goes quietly,
unnoticed. It is present but often unseen. It doesn’t splurge or
call attention to itself. Only sensitive people perceive it and
was not fooled by appearances. He saw through the sham of the
showiness of the rich givers as they tossed in large amounts and he
perceived the great value of that poor widow who quietly gave the
last few cents that she had.
challenge is to acquire the sensitivity and wisdom to see beyond
appearances and to see the humble manifestations of the Kingdom which
are recognized and valued by only a few.
being able to climb the socioeconomic ladder is not failure. Failure
is to use faith as a means to climb instead of to serve. It is OK to
be ignored and unrecognized for the good we do. Moral failure is to
exercise goodness in exchange for recognition and praise. The
appearances of holiness may be fantasies and hide a selfish reality.
The reality of the Kingdom flees from appearances.
Kingdom is created out of small things! It's grace! It’s like salt
and yeast, invisible but vital!
12:38-44 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They
like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in
have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of
honor at banquets.They
devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These
men will be punished most severely.”
sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched
the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich
people threw in large amounts.But
a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only
a few cents.
his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor
widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.They
all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in
everything—all she had to live on.”