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Rebelling against or with God? (Scroll down for English) 2011

by Jesús I. López
The Second Wednesday of Lent
[Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop and Missionary of Armenia, c.332] Jeremiah 3: 6-18 Psalms 72, 119:73-96 Romans 1:28 – 2:11 John 5:1-18
Las lecturas de hoy fueron idealizadas, escritas y diseminadas en papel (papiro, cuero, etc.) y de boca en boca desde hace muchos siglos y todavía cuando les leemos nos enteramos que parece que fueron escritas el día de ayer. Pues hoy, en ésta época son totalmente aplicables a nuestra realidad. Estamos orgullosos de la inter-estelar tecnología capaz de recorrer la superficie terrestre en fracciones de segundos. ¿Qué es el costo de tan sofisticada tecnología para nuestra sociedad, nuestra familia? Pablo y Jeremías nos explican la capacidad humana para rebelión contra Dios, la capacidad de ignorar la verdaderamente buena, para ignorar a Dios.
Juan 5:1-18 relata lo sucedido en Jerusalén, en la Puerta llamada de Las Ovejas, había un estanque llamado en Hebreo Betzata, un lugar muy visitado por enfermos, ciegos, parapléjicos, etc., pero Jesús les daba sanidad con su Amor, al hacer todas esas maravillas en día Sábado y está reprochada. El tan solo les dijo “Mi padre siempre ha trabajado y yo también trabajo.
¿Cuando es rebelión nuestra acción? ¿Cuando revele la cara de Dios lo que parece rebelión?
English Translation:
The readings for today have been passed down via written and oral communication over many centuries. Yet it seems they could have been written yesterday because they are still applicable in our reality. We are proud of our interstellar technology, but what are the consequences of technological advancement for human culture and family life? Do our advancements sometimes become distractions? Paul and Jeremiah recall the human capacity for rebellion, for ignoring the truly good and beautiful, for ignoring God.
Yet we find ourselves in the reading from John with Jesus standing at Beth-Zatha, the pools of healing near Jerusalem’s Sheep Gate. The blind, the paralyzed and the ill came awaiting a miracle, and here Jesus chooses to heal. His loving action gives rise to anger from those who would strictly follow the law that prohibits work on the Sabbath. Jesus simply replied: “My Father is still working, and I also am working.”
When is our action rebellion? When does seeming rebellion reveal the face of God?
 


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