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Convidamos os leitores a aprenderem com ELE e fazerem a sua própria jardinagem.
sexta-feira, 9 de junho de 2017
WOMBS OF HOPE
Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her
womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud
voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and
blessed is the child you will bear!
1:41-42 (read 1:39-45) - NIV
is not always a reason for joy. It may be annoying, frightening or
undesired. Isabel who was married and already well past the child
baring age always wanted to get pregnant, but without success.
Finally, after many years of frustration, it happened. In contrast,
Maria was frightened by the prospect of being an unwed mother. But
Joseph, her betrothed, in spite of not being the father of the child,
opted to marry her (He could have had her stoned according to Jewish
who find sex to be sinful interpret that the marriage was only a
facade and that the couple was never intimate. This is the basis of
the dogma of perpetual virginity.
the important point of the meeting of two future mothers was the joy of
hope. Their children (males, of course) were not yet born and
represented the hope of a better and a happier world. They would be
blessed through their yet unborn sons. Hope prevented Elizabeth and
Mary from being marked by the circumstances of poverty with a life of
struggle for daily bread and for water brought from great distances.
They faced life with optimism.
Bible makes much use of the figure “birth”. Birth comes
from within the body of the mother. It is the mother who produces
babies. Hope is like the birth of a child - it comes from our
spiritual womb. The figures of birth and womb can also portray many
aspects of our life. We encounter many obstacles and are faced with
many difficulties and uncertainties. We cannot expect that the
solutions will miraculously come from the outside. The cure of what
ails us comes from within us. We must “birth” them. Jesus
said to some of the people he healed, "Your faith has made you
whole". The miracle of Jesus was to awaken the faith that each
person already had and to help them give birth to the solution.
faith and the hope of the two women were placed in what was still
inside them - it had not yet been born. They were pregnant of faith
and hope. Hope and faith are twins. Without faith there is no hope.
They go together, hand-in-hand.
important point is from whom comes the hope of salvation; – it
comes from common people, not those in the mansions of the elite or
on the thrones of power. The great holders of power and wealth do not
feel the need for liberation. They do not want change. They want
everything to remain the same. They want to protect what they already
have and add even more. The changes that bring liberation never come
from the privileged. “Trickle down” benefits are an illusion.
great mass of humanity is similar to the soil. From it springs the
renewal of life. Redemption springs from the earth, just like the
plants. The sky serves to provide energy. John the Baptist and Jesus
did not parachute down from heaven, already made and with power to
destroy the enemies of humanity. They came from the maternal womb as
totally dependent and vulnerable infants. The hope of the world is
not in great things that are seen by all, but in small things that
are unnoticed by most.
that salvation springs from the earth, it should be well cared for
and respected. Our civilization despises the earth and the poor who
are precisely the sources of hope. God can fertilize our spiritual
womb in any circumstance. We, too, can become pregnant of hope and
faith in this world full of violence and oppression.
1:39-45 – NEW
INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of
she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.When
Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.In
a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and
blessed is the child you will bear!But
why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?As
soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my
womb leaped for joy. Blessed
is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to