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sexta-feira, 30 de junho de 2017
PURSES THAT DO NOT WEAR OUT
your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for
yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that
will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth
12:33 (read 12:32 - 40) - NIV
language of the Bible is allegorical and symbolic using parables and
the human spirit when it is aware of the Divine presence. The Kingdom
of God is
the practice of compassion in everyday life here on earth. The purses
that do not wear out symbolize
the values of the Kingdom which are faith, hope and love. “Being
dressed and ready”
means being watchful for open doors to new opportunities, practicing
love and participating in manifestations of the Kingdom of God when
is wrong to interpret this passage as the prediction of a single
historical event that will be fulfilled some day at an unexpected
hour and a warning for us stay up to date with our spiritual state by
praying and fasting in order to not be caught off guard. I know of a
woman who does not take off all her clothes when she takes a shower,
because Jesus might come, and she would be caught naked. What would
she do then? – poor thing!
Kingdom of God is already here and it's up to us to recognize and
participate in it. Failing to recognize this has produced an
alienated Christianity which is not of a transforming nature and
succeeds only in reproducing the social evils of the society which
surrounds it. As an institution the church is not different from
secular societies with its struggles for power, inner conflicts and
divisions, not to mention its own inner injustice and deceitfulness.
church people live their daily life as if it were not part of the
Kingdom. They make a separation of the secular from the sacred,
without realizing that this division is artificial. They trivialize
daily life. In their thinking the Sacred is isolated and confined to
a narrow "spiritual" life. God is seen only as the God of
their faith. I once heard a recently retired school teacher, pastor’s
wife, declare that now she was retired she could serve God full time.
Why did she not serve God in the classroom?
professing Christians have a narrow concept of God by claiming that
they have an exclusive relationship to divinity through their limited
interpretation of Jesus and are blind to a wider vision of divine
activity outside of Christianity. They play down inclusiveness and
limit love in a way that excludes almost all of humanity and the vast
world in which we live. They ignore any manifestation of compassion
outside of their narrow creeds. The following was not written by a
Christian but is well within what Jesus reveals as Kingdom:
distractions with trivial, mundane activities lead us to waste our
precious human life. Instead of using it to achieve (...) big goals,
(...) we use it to acquire food, clothing, shelter, material
possessions, to indulge in sex and other superficial pleasures and
get promotion and social status. This particular does not
differentiate us from animals fighting for food, making shelters,
producing offspring, protecting their territory and living for
supremacy within the flock or herd."
real “treasure in heaven” is not to accumulate but to share. Our
heavenly treasure is the people with whom we share our lives and the
earth for which we care. Greed and selfishness are self-destructive,
but love begets life.
TO BUDDHISM(Introdução ao Budismo)
pp. 9-10, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
12:32-40 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give
you the kingdom.Sell your possessions and give to the
poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a
treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near
and no moth destroys.For where your treasure is, there
your heart will be also.
dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,like
servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet,
so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door
for him.It will be good for those servants whose master
finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress
himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come
and wait on them.It will be good for those servants whose
master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night
or toward daybreak.But understand this: If the owner of
the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not
have let his house be broken into.You also must be ready,
because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect