Archive for June, 2016|Monthly archive page

形成一种弥赛亚

目前的武器! 展示您的忠诚度。 如果不是对国家、对人民的精神,在人民的土地。

Simeon's Song of Praise 令人叹为观止。 离开时, 再试一次。 这孩子, 第一次出生于前往伯利恒。 而现在前往耶路撒冷。 离开、像亚伯兰, 只在回应另一呼叫。 每个国家的法律,每个第一次出生的男性必须是神圣的。这是主耶和华说的。 什么是查找想要的邻居们, 如果你没有将你的儿子到圣殿吗? 在第一次呼叫已从,具有讽刺意义的是,该国。 转到伯利恒。 你看连接的留下的祭品。 下一呼叫的教堂/神殿。 与所有的这种突发性的, 从的角度来看, 婴儿。 “来吧”。 让我们去! 牺牲的。 进入耶路撒冷。 ”。 .与该事项的紧迫性,作为背景。 就像另一适当的日期。 有一定的天数内, 约瑟和玛利亚邀请任何亲属? 类似的回伯利恒的吗? 或没有告诉他们的父母吗? 他们何去何从?

THE ART is “Simeon’s Song of Praise” by Rembrandt

“艺术是“西缅的歌曲赞美之泉”的伦勃朗

本演示文稿中进行介绍。 根据该法-最高法-关注纯度和门户网站,让我们的儿子。 这方面的各种障碍,搭建与613例。 证明你的价值,遵守摩西的律法。 在一定的天数。 和这样的故事作为家长需要耶稣在圣殿, 到目前他要在耶和华面前、按福音路加福音。 但很明显, 耶稣就不会是一种正统的犹太人, 至少在的角度来看, 所有这些外邦人接受到教会的使徒。 所以, 这是在第 8 天或第 40 天? 什么基督徒知道传统约到来的一天,以净化吗? 什么做的罗马天主教徒知道的重大意义的第4个快乐的奥秘,他们自己的玫瑰吗? 因为没有它,它自己飞到埃及之后,访问的漫? 但这是说, 即使是希律王的弥赛亚, 据《马太福音》、《家长信耶稣在耶路撒冷的存在他。 这是耶和华说的。 根据马太福音,约瑟夫·保持他的家庭在埃及,直到希律王死了——这是在公元前4的年龄为七十岁。 有个传道师, 就像是第二个表妹一次删除, 因为这两个案例不可能是正确的。

注意这两个故事中的演示文稿。 西缅是命名的第二个儿子, 雅各和利亚所生的。 并提供了一种牺牲、每个国家的法律,有一对年轻的白鸽。 现在这家伙命名为西缅-无论其名称来指的是-在耶路撒冷, 等候。 它已被西缅人先知约瑟作人质,使他的兄弟可能会返回与便雅悯。 到埃及。 如马利亚和约瑟, 不是已经有了足够的流离失所现象如果不中断, 因为概念的这个孩子, 在他们的生活中, 你看神秘的连接法和西缅人的宝宝放到他的手臂, 和股神! 在他的优良传统, 西蒙认为所谓的第二个圣殿的一天。 这样的老男人的名字的意思是“他听说了”扰乱了玛利亚和约瑟,因为他们试图满足所有法的规定。 真正意义的故事是有关耶稣的第一次在庙里, 在他们返回家园。 从伯利恒、耶路撒冷。 可能从埃及。 直到他看见弥赛亚、西緬未死,他认为,他说:“现在,主人,您可以让您的仆人’。”因此意义出生的是与他自己的死亡吗? 不知怎的。 约瑟夫·西緬人企图摧毁他的兄弟约瑟夫,在第一次出生的儿子,雅各,约瑟已保存。 在家庭中,对痴迷者如果不纯洁、执着的出生权,这已成为以某种方式连接到“保存”。这样西缅的存在,指出父母如何做个人的威胁,从被浸到了文化这个酝酿期,当纯度成为冲突中的私营和公共生活的执着比生命本身吗? 你看净化吗? 当局在神殿里。 你看庙。 你没有想过所罗门的智慧和他建造的第一座神殿, 建议要解决争论的孩子可能会被拆分吗? 找到亚伯拉罕的故事中两个妇女住在同一所房子里,两人都有一种婴儿的儿子,而是一名女子声称,其他,都声称是他母亲的生活的儿子,来到所罗门的判决。 之后意外地扼杀了她自己的儿子在睡觉的时候, 也交换了两个孩子, 使显示生活的孩子是她的。 经过审议后, 国王的一剑将其带进了他。

你看这快乐的奥秘、连接到敬畏耶和华的恐惧在这点的生活、创造、为每个父级! 与所有关注纯度? 因此,西梅是一种当代的法利赛人或是因为撒都该人不相信耶稣复活的吗? 什么已成为痴迷的法利赛人时,只有一种方式来思考、敬拜、会成为威胁的非常相同的人的条件,在纯洁的教会和国家现在共同存在的微弱优势,在罗马的帝国。 你看西缅人感到, 他可以采取的宝宝放到他的手臂? 你没有想回的故事中, 两个妇女住在同一所房子里, 两人都有一种婴儿的儿子, 而是一名女子声称其他后意外地扼杀了她自己的儿子在睡觉的时候, 声称这婴儿吗? 虽然该事件发生的第一座神殿。 怎么约瑟回应这西缅, 其名称也已连接的想法是, “iscegenation” 吗? 究竟这西缅的神的仆人,告诉玛丽,“和你自己的剑将刺穿”的最左的读卡器吗?喘着粗 在这一令人难以置信的故事的介绍,有她的同伴、Joseph、心里的冲突,您的儿子也属于,由谁保存的参与——某种个人的参与——作为形成过程的——“给定”根据什么你不知道或不相信,你的神秘感——《弥赛亚》开始。 所以从哪里起源的耶稣吗? 您是如何形成的弥赛亚吗? 作为我们中的一人! 和你的孩子看上去像你的邻居, 你回家吗?

认为,第一天回家的作业如父的弥赛亚。 与整个传统在纯度、清洗、餐具、器皿的血统,在这个令人不安的存在…的精神。这是主耶和华说的。 与您一起成长。

叙述性的紧张局势主要是预扣税信息。 在任何关系、作为您的出生地点百叶窗你到外面的世界, 语言针对寿终正寝的附件, 这种精神从哪里来的…基础上创办的牺牲。 有的问题是不可分割业权份数支持约瑟夫似乎被迫采取一种信誓旦旦的贞洁, 住在玛利亚和圣子的恩。 这神学的纯度、自时间的亞伯拉罕、撒拉、他半-姐妹、传上你的第一次儿子出生的。 出身于传统的大多是牺牲的故事, 同一种梦想是亚伯拉罕的后裔, 是约瑟的先知。 正在以某种方式保存的东西就像自己的儿子,有一定数量的这种保护状态…在一开始,靠近主页的某处在以色列。 在讲故事时玛利亚和约瑟的传统,命令给Adam劈吗? “因此,人要离开他的父亲和他的母亲、和劈到他的妻子,二人成为一体”。尽管约瑟在他的呼吁,代表整个传统,大卫的家,他在这里仍然是劈开他完美的妻子也许出的偏见,他了解外面的世界。 像亚伯兰。

当您离开家的普查,在一定的呼叫,当你的神是不受限制的,一地一地的边界。 然后,从这一传统的游牧、传递、保存后保存、发现的神秘,通过故事。 玛利亚和约瑟次漫,和陌生人在庙里的人都来寻找他们的儿子。 在他们返回的许诺的土地,看见了牺牲的恐惧的故事,总是怀疑是在中心的神秘或信仰使这些故事之外的想像力。

找到 “个人的边界的故事, 带有侵犯个人如果没有社区边界的故事中的演示文稿。 由西、一。 注意到冲突的权力的故事中, 当周围有很多的亲人, 同样的人的条件, 无论是作为最后一个人在地球上-或-第一次和感觉这样独自一人吗? 你看需要掩饰它们生活在异常的这些亲人, 与玛利亚和所有的陌生的她的处女的出生, 通过事情不物理共享-施加酷刑的她能活神, 亚伯拉罕给下一代的通过此子。

上帝的羔羊,查明的牧羊人,在一开始的! 你看所有的人的利益在困难时候,教会与国家之间,在时间的希律王已死,在分裂的两个王国的罗马人已经搬过来了。 生活的无形的损失,自己的语言,将是对你发生后要求你再次作为它的奴隶吗? 眼中的罗马人,他们的拉丁,如英文带来了自己的语言去爱尔兰吗? 这么老的人, 如何有盲目、如何受压迫的人的眼睛吗? 看这人的意义的故事弥赛亚在回家后的第一次在庙里。 如果您获取的小细节错误, 所有的恐惧的故事 power over me 涉及分割的土地, 债券是没有痛苦的, 而是来自于牺牲, 你会得到很大的图片错误的影响-如果没有你的土地和你自己的流离失所问题, 从您的原籍地, 至少在生活中的您的儿子。

呼吸-考虑! 本演示文稿中进行介绍。 注意这两个故事中的演示文稿的牺牲, 一对年轻的白鸽。 提供一种牺牲、每个国家的法律, 这种紧迫感, 若干天内。 有提到埃及的牺牲赎回第一出生的儿子。 “凡头生的男子,你的儿子、你要赎回。 和它来通过, 如果你的儿子问你在未来, 说: “这是什么?”。 您应向他说, “用大能的手神把我们从埃及为奴之家领出来。 和它来通过法老太顽固,让我们出,神的转换每个长子在埃及的土地上”。

以色列的逾越节。 为什么不了解,关于耶稣、马利亚和约瑟看不可避免的吗? 你为什么偷的神秘感,对仍然存在的冲突的权力和共享的dominion,另一故事的神秘吗? 在这些年轻的父母终于回家了。 你看系统替换, 亞伯拉罕、摩西? 注意包皮环切之后, 只有在亚伯拉罕也和父亲的孩子通过他的妻子的婢女。 因此在科学的后果, 他的第一次儿子是个奴隶。 如果您没有一代数, 并导致故事一代一代的仆人和靈澆灌、在埃及地作过奴仆。 在中的幽灵,有突然的意外,像是被放逐或想尝试真正的牺牲。 和所有的意外,这些故事似乎只是将重复自己,但是在鼠标悬停的鬼,对忘恩负义的使女夏甲,Sarah至少赶她的婢女和她的一半埃及人的儿子。

什么是明显的, 我对我的宗教传统的以某种方式获得通过亚伯拉罕是每个传统的宗教 Abrahamaic -犹太教、基督教、伊斯兰教-所需要的两个故事和一种真正的生活的人类的身体、为了传递方法的祷告。 夏甲承认永远的不只是她的状态的,不过是她的儿子,但在遥远的希望的东西总有一天会改变吗? 关于她的奴役吗? 要连接点关于夏甲、亲密关系、无条件的爱、对玛利亚和约瑟, 就像亚伯拉罕牺牲了他的纯洁的方式相同

亚当已经平息的夏娃。 将玛丽的牺牲她的纯洁,像夏甲,她自己的亞伯拉罕呢。 她的主人。


“大部分是它们是相同的生活。 同样的故事, 一遍又一”写信给 David Remnick 的编辑, 《纽约人》杂志上。 当我们使我们的生活与故事。 几乎相同的故事, 一代又一代。 当您的关系, 其基础是这样活着的, 但具有很大的焦躁不安。 当你祈祷是这样活着的…和你想要其他人再有同样的体验。 甚至有时你必须找地方逃跑。 在开始?

总有未知的存在年龄有关的所有“参量的”儿童的出生,喜欢的悬念失去了当你知道了结尾的故事。 “参量”失去了像一出生的儿子可能会认为他的遗产。 如果你花了时间来看,您是否注意到了更多的苦难的生活受害人失踪,数年,像在约瑟的先知吗? 有这么多的感情…你注意缺失的一部分,就像早已遗忘的第一次出生的儿子,以实玛利受割礼的吗? 当他离开了家, Sarah 和亚伯拉罕。 并不是有了相当程度的敬畏耶和华每当孩子缺失的吗? 谁能忘记的长子吗? 在故事的缺失才是最终的受害者, 罩-眨巴着眼睛的人丢失。 首先, 雅各从的角度来看, 以撒和雅各的儿子约瑟。 你看这一出生右键、连接到不可见的如果不能缺少的。 与所有的灵性连接到什么第一似乎缺失, 一时-就像在回应”的羊羔在哪里” 的问题。 在这些案例的缺失看見耶穌、要先知命名以色列、周围的人他从来就没有真正的信任——甚至是他的长子以利亞、他以为出卖了他。 你没有看到的故事,雅各的&儿子的所有暴力的尝试是一? 再试一次。 和这样的无形的恐惧已连接至的神、雅各的神、所以有别于上帝的亚伯拉罕的神、以撒的神, 耶稣的长大。

“故事的开头创建的, 正如我们所看到的, 是故事的行为加以区分的一件事。 它结束了话说到最关键的区分所有…” 丹尼尔写的核战争的丢失。 这是够硬的人的儿子在第一时间——只有完美的儿子这一次。

没有它,它害怕的东西,人们在这里的第一位? 要在某个地方崇拜自由吗? 什么是最真正的关于摩西的律法和犹太教神学的但在门户网站的生与死-谁属于。 他是我们中的一人吗? 与所有的亞伯拉罕的步行。 使用纯度为达到一种目的的手段的重要性的运动。 实现这一目标。 但牺牲纯洁的一天。 但在它的下面,还有基本的恐惧。 在门户网站,仍是关注的清纯和神学的纯度为您试图创建一种正常人的生活,与羔羊的血在阈值的按住,提供了一种身份,是连接至已保存的。 和现在生活在这纯洁的。 想笑, 可能是正常的。 后展示您的忠实于你的神。

“和在中心的所有的电视剧-Rashi转到不小的麻烦,说明它确实站在中心-神秘的和以某种方式移动符号中的花园,一棵树,代表着,我想起来,都很高兴和痛苦的事情。”——从Daniel核战争的丢失

或是它两个的快乐和痛苦,是从认识上帝吗? 毕竟,这是一种爱的故事。 自从时间亚伯拉罕的中心,所有的此剧的是爱和亚伯拉罕的处理性爱和生育的。 与根据《创世纪》或《瞩目的,这些关系的故事。 和所有的人类历史中, 从来没有人告诉的故事不具有某种议程-想通过关系, 与所有的快乐和痛苦的神或只是每个其他的, 当爱的分割。 有犹太人的祈祷关于生存的共同信念, 因为亚伯拉罕的牺牲叫 Akedah, 涉及他的儿子和未来的世界。 他说听到了, 一天的 Unetaneh Tokef 祷告的危险的一年来-的危险是我们周围的危险我的土地的价值在这块土地上的值的所有货币的东西, 有助于保持幻想、受到威胁.像犹太人, 所以许多地方, 基督徒在伊拉克? 或穆斯林人在美国:

有多少去多少应而生,
谁生谁死
谁应在和平和人应追求的
应是崇高的和谁应低…

如在具有象征意义的牺牲在演示-阿伯拉罕的特许权是爱的分割。 约瑟和玛利亚承认永远的不只是她的状态但影响的牺牲她的儿子,就像以往任何时候都更加自在的时间,莎拉和她的弟弟亞伯拉罕。 像什么有关的消息影响,牺牲是在警告、西緬的或想听到的结论Beautitudes。

这快乐的奥秘后所有的所谓的爱的故事,关于存在的。 神秘、喜欢 Sarah 的。 就像伊丽莎白的。 喜欢玛丽。 这些同学不得不表现出他们的爱心, 如亚伯拉罕所行的事。 在牺牲。 与生俱来的而不是死亡。 在另一端的一种牺牲。

在他们离开耶路撒冷, 恐惧相当于 10 多岁的年龄-雅各布, 你听到了没有 “穿透” 的神秘的先知撒迦利亚•: “…和他他们要仰望自己所扎的人, 他们须为他作为一名死难者的儿子, 他们将失去他的一桩婚事的长子”。

您将如何能够达成儿童或教导孩子的故事,以撒的背景的时间与所有等待的Sarah,以及随后的牺牲在远古时代? 有的秘密牺牲的父亲亚伯拉罕也告诉任何人吗? 真正的人不知道,奇怪,如果没有怀疑、困惑吗? 处理与永恒的、自…和所有的过去。

爱你吗? 牺牲我? 在关系中的故事无条件的爱、看孩子耶稣-太像一次男孩撒! 经过一段时间的等待, 所见的表姐伊丽莎白命名的。

“你是有福的。 当他们侮辱你、逼迫你…” 89 年-老女人怀孕吗? 然后是处女的出生! 谁会相信,当它将会通过-喜欢传统的,如果你的儿子问你在未来,说:“这是什么?”的哑口无言的心和 等待的思想,这是西缅的家伙达到您的婴儿。 ”。 ”在殿里,在所有的地方。 在这之后处女诞生了的未婚夫夫妇是什么人叫西蒙的代表,任何人名叫约瑟? 和生活在这片土地上, 你有感觉, 也许像是新近获得解放的成人, 关于传统的负担, 所以许多人放弃, 像之间的距离。 以色列和犹大众人、或两个父亲和儿子? 而对于那些想要保住的东西, 有一种感觉, 你真的不能移动, 但您不能入住。 和谁能相信孩子的父母有一天告诉他, 自己的女生吗? 如果他不敢告诉任何人。

“如果有人想要我的,——就像我来到了以实玛利之后,我来到了以撒之后——他必须拒绝自己…日常。 并按照我说的。 谁想要挽救他的生命将会失去它;谁为生命,牺牲他们的生命[给予]生命、将其保存的。”

这是所有在本演示文稿中,就像我的姐姐曾说过在读一本书——玛莎·斯图尔特。 有一定的喜乐。 在伦勃朗的“西缅之歌赞」、不看庙,是主要的特征,在演示文稿中的吗? 或是它的灯吗?

Advertisements

El Misterio Gozoso

‘El misterio gozoso’
Carravagio's The Visitation
“The Visitation”

Ayer como el recuerdo de “La visitación” según consta en la historia, en la Biblia cristiana. ¿Con palabras y fases que casi rima, cualquiera de las sucursales más de 20.000 del cristianismo nunca compararía a Elizabeth a Sara? ¿En la vejez? ¿Alguna de las ramas de más de 20.000 comprender mucho acerca de Judá y la división dada, en la historia, con el Reino de Israel? ¿Conectar cualquiera de las sucursales de más de 20.000 el ahorro.. .associated a Judá? Lo más cierto es la lealtad de Judá a Yahvé, después de la destrucción de Israel por los asirios en 721 de c.722, dejando a Judá como reino restante único.

  “La visitación” por siglo 17 pintor italiano Mattia Preti.

Ser un compañero, trayendo nueva vida, con Isabel, tan sola. En el “país de la colina”. Tenga en cuenta lo invisible en la historia – Zacarías y José. La tranquilidad en la casa. ¿En su mayoría, Elizabeth necesitaba a alguien para hablar? ¿Conoces la historia del país de la colina en Judá? ¿María incluso sabía Elizabeth estaba embarazada y ella sólo buscaba un lugar para escapar? ¿En el comienzo? Algunos estudiosos se refieren a este período como un reino independiente de Israel, completamente independiente. Tomar, según Wikipedia, el título de “basileus” y expansión en las regiones vecinas de Samaria, Galilea, Iturea, Perea y Idumea.

En toda historia hay tiempo y lugar, como el reino independiente de Israel, en una historia de libertad, justo antes de la llegada de los romanos, con la instalación de Herodes el grande.

Tomar aliento. Dejando. Como Abram, sólo más repentinamente. Motel Dejar ir! Sacrificio. He aquí la conexión de salida para el sacrificio. ¿Le dijo María a su prometido? ¿O sus padres? ¿Que se iba? ¿Qué pasa con la seguridad personal de María y el feto, en el país de la colina? ¿Fue esta la primera? ¿Había sido otra mujer en la historia de la Biblia hebrea en su situación, sólo para perder el feto? María estaba solo, viajando en Judá, bajo el liderazgo de los fariseos, con su constante observancia de los fariseos a las leyes de pureza y tradición. Huy!

Zacarías, un sacerdote en el templo en su ciudad, en Judá. Con esta había protegida estado… en un principio, más cercano a hogar. Con toda la historia, en el país de la colina, llegar con un silencio Zechariah. Cuando visiblemente embarazada, con otras mujeres visiblemente embarazadas, hay una emoción extra cuando faltó su período y quería a un niño. Sólo soltera María no, en este momento de su vida, quiso que un niño o ella habría sido lapidada hasta la muerte! ¿Entusiasmo? ¿Entusiasmo y felicitaciones mutuas? María salió de casa, para mudarse a la casa de Zacarías, un sacerdote, con todo el énfasis a las leyes de pureza y tradición.

Las fechas de vencimiento. María soltera sola. ¿Antes de la visita, fue la salida en la historia, por María, como la llamada de Abram? ¿O más como la salida repentina, como a Jacob? Ahorro o ser guardado, busque el sacrificio en salir, con el sacrificio de un estatus de protección, de la casa. ¿Dejando para el país de la colina, tan pronto como Moisés tenía los esclavos hebreos salir de Egipto, sólo de Judá? Donde prima Isabel vivió con el sacerdote Zechariah. No sólo una herencia pero su sacerdocio dado, basado en su sucursal de las 24 ramas de sacerdocio en su tiempo. [Como lo invisible se hace visible]. Así que ¿Zechariah convertirla?

Hizo la fetos escucha con los oídos pequeños, dispuestos a todas las inquietudes sobre la pureza?

Dado,” dependiendo de lo que no sabe o piensa que lo hace, sobre el misterio en la parte montañosa del sur de Israel. Siempre es lo desconocido de una presente era sobre todo los “givens” nace un niño en. Como los “givens” perdido sabiendo el final de una historia. ¿Cómo Elizabeth incluso sabía que llevaba un hombre? ¿Sobre el Profeta [hombre] y uno para ser proclamado, aún por nacer? Me imagino que [su propio embarazo] es similar a Mary y Elizabeth alegría y entusiasmo,”escribe Colleen Chiacchere en el sitio web de Creighton Online Ministerio que se me hizo difícil su perspectiva. Los fantasmas inquieto, “saltando entre y entre vosotros, los dos fetos juguetón.” ¿

Más como enfermedad de la mañana? Hay esta gran inquietante, con la pérdida del estatus de protección, cuando vives en una ciudad y su propio embarazo se hace más evidente con el tiempo. ¿Alguna vez aprendiste la historia de la tribu de Judá que seguía siendo leal, en primer lugar, a la casa de David, aunque la tribu de Benjamín se uniría a Judá?. Los dos reinos, Judá en el sur e Israel en el norte – según Wikipedia – coexistían incómodamente después de la división. Pero en un principio, de 60 años, los reyes de Judá trataron de restablecer su autoridad sobre el Reino del norte, con la perpetua guerra entre Israel y Judá. Lo que era más verdadera era la lealtad de Judá a Yahvé, después de la destrucción de Israel por los asirios – comparar la cautividad babilónica de la esclavitud egipcia, con el asedio de Jerusalén, incluyendo la destrucción liderada por el rey de Babilonia del primer templo construido en el cuarto hijo de Betsabé [era el undécimo hijo total, como José?] por David , nacido en Jerusalén, dejando a Judá como el único restante Unido en c.722-721. Según Wikipedia.

Hay el tema perdido — el mismo encontrado en el libro del Génesis — de separación mucho más tarde entrar en este reino completamente desarrollado cuando se mide contra el cultural-relacionadas-pero-políticamente-distinto Reino norte de Israel. Con la industria ACEITUNERA allí, en el país de la colina. ¿[El feto], pregunta Colleen Chiacchere en Creighton University Online Ministerio, nadan y se balancean con su voz? ¿Juan y Jesús? ¿Sienten el amor de su hospitalidad? ¿Siquiera sabes la historia, Colleen? ¿Por qué parece tan inevitable comprensión del pasado? ¿Por qué robas el misterio sobre el persistente conflicto poder y dominio compartido en Judá, en tener que elegir entre ser rey y sumo sacerdote? ¿Con la visitación, en el país de la colina, comprender el miedo repentino en tener que elegir, con el sufrimiento por venir? ¿Lo mismo hizo Zechariah incluso saber que María estaba embarazada, cuando llegó?

«¿Sabe él cómo estamos relacionados?»

Madre e hijo. Marido y mujer. Primo a primo. “¿Él sabe? Sobre lo que lleva?”

El Profeta. Preparar el camino. En un lugar con la tumba, así como una inquietante preocupación por pureza.

Después de izquierda Inicio, sería el día María tendría que volver después de la VISITACIóN. ¿Te has sentido la soledad compartida de María con Isabel? Ahorro o siendo salvado, localizar la remontada en la historia… Rodeado por saduceos y fariseos, así como de Zechariah. Y los saduceos no creían en la resurrección. En las historias de reapariciones, en las historias de sacrificio auténtico, con el continuo tema de separación, tenga en cuenta el tema de la competencia entre iglesia y estado por las leyes de pureza. Y María parece estar en violación de las leyes de pureza que Elizabeth seguramente.

La división entre Judá e Israel. El aire en la cima de la montaña. Aire de luz. País de la colina. Antes de la destrucción del templo, uno de los factores que distinguen a los fariseos de otros grupos era su creencia de que todos los judíos debían observar fuera del templo de las leyes de pureza (aplicable para el servicio del templo). Como Josefo, los fariseos consideraban a los expositores más expertos y precisos de la ley judía. Según Wikipedia, “durante el Hasmonean período, los saduceos y los fariseos funcionaban sobre todo como partidos. La principal diferencia era el cumplimiento continuo de los fariseos a las leyes de pureza y las tradiciones del pueblo judío frente a la asimilación. Los fariseos exigieron que el rey Alexander Jannaeus elegir entre ser rey y sumo sacerdote.”

He aquí la visita! En el país de la colina. En el conflicto entre iglesia y estado, la fidelidad de uno al otro, los fariseos exigieron que rey Alexander Jannaeus – el hasmoneo, elegir “entre ser rey y sumo sacerdote.” Según Wikipedia, Alexander Jannaeus echado a un lado abiertamente con los saduceos, al adoptar sus ritos en el templo que causó un alboroto en el templo y condujo a una breve guerra civil que acabó con una represión sangrienta de los fariseos. En su lecho de muerte, Alexander Jannaeus llamó para una reconciliación entre los saduceos y los fariseos; fue sucedido por su viuda, Salomé Alejandra, cuyo hermano era un líder fariseo. En el conflicto entre su hijo primogénito Hircano que buscó el apoyo de fariseo y un hijo menor, Aristóbulo que buscaban el apoyo de los saduceos, la nación fue dibujada dentro, después de 90 días de la regla de Hircano, guerra civil que terminó cuando el general romano Pompeyo capturó Jerusalén en 63 A.C. e inaugurado el período romano de la historia judía, con la infamia de Herodes. Herodes era victorioso en el año 37 AEC. Antígono fue entregado a Antony y ejecutado poco después. Los romanos persuadir a proclamación de Herodes como rey de los judíos, que sobre el final de la regla de los Hasmoneos sobre Judea, según Wikipedia.

Aristóbulo III, nieto de Aristóbulo II a través de s hijo mayor Alexander, brevemente fue hecho sumo sacerdote, pero fue pronto ejecutada, alegado debido a los celos de Herodes. En el año 36 AC. Su hermana Mariamne que estaba casada con Herodes, también fue víctima de los conocidos celos de Herodes, el autoproclamado rey de los judíos. Los hijos de Herodes por Mariamne, IV de Aristóbulo y Alejandro, estaban en su edad adulta, también ejecutada por su padre, según Wikipedia.

¿En historias sobre seguridad nacional, sobre todo los “givens” en Judá, después de las guerras perpetuas sobre pureza, sobre qué lado usted o su familia fueron, se anticiparía a alguna venganza por los vencedores, estos fariseos – en la elección entre ser “Judío” entre un rey y un sumo sacerdote? Así que Hircano II vivió en medio de los judíos babilónicos, que le pagó cada marca de respeto, como él se llevó a cabo por los partos… desde 40 BCE. Para los próximos cuatro años, hasta el 36 a. C., cuando “Herodes, quien temían que Hircano podría inducir los partos que le ayudara a recuperar el trono, lo invitó a regresar a Jerusalén. Los judíos de Babilonia le advirtió en vano. Herodes lo recibieron con cada marca de respeto, le asigna el primer lugar en su mesa y la Presidencia del Consejo de estado, esperando una oportunidad para deshacerse de él. Como el último restante asmonea, Hircano fue un rival demasiado peligroso de Herodes. En el año 30 a. C., acusado de conspirar con el rey de Arabia, Hircano fue condenado y ejecutado,”según Wikipedia. ¿

Hasta qué año María nacieron? Y desde el nacimiento de Zechariah, sus años tenían toda esta historia. El deber como personas de fe no es desconectar del mundo real, el Dios de Abraham, el Dios de Isaac, el Dios de Jacob, de su idea de María y Zacarías — como Colleen Chiacchere hizo ayer en la página web del Ministerio de en línea de Universidad de Creighton. Y salir de casa siempre es el primer sacrificio, aprovechando y enfrentar el gran sacrificio inquietante. Frente a la asimilación, en una sociedad como opresiva. Y la incondicional en esta historia, para aquellos que estén dispuestos a seguir, para empezar, no a convertir en una estatua. Con el comando, “¡ no tengáis miedo!”

Así en su mundo en el tiempo, ¿por qué María? Cómo supo ella que Elizabeth estaba embarazada, excepto de su propia llamada, como la de Abram. ¿O ella sabía? Pero la obediencia, para avanzar, si ella no sabe muy por qué. De lo contrario ….La amenaza era de otra manera en una creencia contradictoria – por aquellos que sabían que era betrothed a usted – entre la cuestión de la fidelidad y la traición, como se ve en el adulterio. ¡ Vaya! Al país de la colina. He aquí – para los relacionados con la pérdida de la independencia en el Reino de Israel, bajo el imperio romano, debajo de Herod el grande – la genealogía! En el conflicto sobre la pertenencia, en una sociedad como opresiva. Nota el conflicto con el poder en la historia, cuando rodeado de tantos de sus parientes, con la idea compartida de independencia y pureza. Pero, ¿cuál es la conexión de la pureza y dependencia – confiando en alguien o algo más para su seguridad? ¿He aquí a la esclava, con el reducido conjunto de circunstancias en la herencia, con… la pérdida de la pureza? Embarazada, viviendo en la casa de un sacerdote, con la tensión entre iglesia y estado. ¿Fueron los fariseos ahora aliados con Herodes, por lo que el Dios de Abraham puede sobrevivir? ¿Era el derecho de nacimiento por Sarah y Abraham se conecte a la pureza? He aquí toda la tensión sobre pureza, paternidad. Como María fue asunta como la información privilegiada, no exterior desafiando la ley de pureza, ¿ella ser apedreada? ¿Y así María saben Zechariah? ¿Era un fariseo? ¿O un saduceo que no creían en la resurrección? Lo que se había convertido en obsesiva a los fariseos, cuando había sólo una manera de pensar, de culto, se convertiría en la amenaza de la condición humana misma, ya sea como la última persona en la tierra — o la primera y sentirse tan solo.

Dios. Las historias. La inmensidad de secretos de la fecundidad de Dios. Gente le gusta leer acerca de ellos mismos, además de conocer qué horrores ocurrió ayer. Historia de cerca, en las noticias. Pero la historia no muy lejos. ¿Escuchaste alguna vez el comando, en el relato de la visitación, dado mucho, con sus propias hijas vírgenes? «¡ Huye por tu vida! No mire detrás de usted, ni parar en cualquier lugar en la llanura; huir a las colinas para no ser arrastrados.” ¿Las colinas guardan a María? Rodeado por la multitud de sus parientes.

¿En el conflicto sobre a quién pertenecería tu hijo, sobre la que se salvaría, con la participación – algunas implicación de personal – con el uso de su fertilidad, en tiempos de la aniquilación que fueron tan personalmente amenazados, de haber sido inmerso en una cultura en este período de gestación, cuando pureza se convirtió, en el conflicto de privada y vida pública, una obsesión mayor que la vida misma? Fariseos, pensando en el método de castigo que dejaron la mayoría de los lectores jadeando! En este increíble relato de la visitación, hay este compañero, Elizabeth también tan solo.

He aquí el llanto mencionado en “La visitación” en un poema de Joyce Rupp, de su libro fuera de lo común:


Elizabeth arrugada y sabia, cansada del niño pataleando dentro (ya un toque de rusticidad en él),
los dos de ustedes, reunidos en la puerta, llorando y riendo al mismo tiempo, cada uno JADEO en la fertilidad. 

He aquí, el jadeo, al mismo tiempo. Elizabeth sobre su fecundidad envejecido tanto como Sarah. He aquí al mismo tiempo, un jadeo sobre la pureza inocente de María! ¿En la primera mitad de la vida? ¿En la última mitad del proceso de creación? Traer nueva vida, en el ahorro conectado a Judá, ¿te has sentido el miedo en este momento de la vida, en la creación, para cada mujer? Con todo los “givens” a una mujer embarazada o a un sumo sacerdote — a cualquier creador, con un estatus de protección. Así como Moisés fue tomado en por la hermana del Faraón, María es llevada por Zechariah. En Judá. Lo que siempre fue cierto lo de Judá fue esta lealtad a Yahvé, como iglesia y el estado ahora coexistían incómodamente, el imperio romano. Donde prima Isabel vivió en Judá, con una necesidad basada en edad, mientras que llevar algo, para una esclava. He aquí este misterio gozoso, conectado con el temor de Jehová, temor en este momento de la vida, en la creación, para cada mujer! He aquí que cada mujer, encontrar un lugar seguro, para gestar, aunque al menos el primer trimestre, o el último trimestre, con Dios presente en el mundo, oculta a simple vista, en la casa de un sacerdote. Un hijo de Abraham que había obsesionado sobre pureza, en una obsesión para el nacimiento del derecho, que se convierte de alguna manera conectado al “ahorro”. Así que ¿qué sucede a quienes obsesionan, que no están abiertos a la modificación de sus vidas, sobre todo los “givens” de la creación? Tanto como Sarah, también dejó con saber humano. ¿Estaría allí el final, para lo que creó? ¿O que? En el país de la colina, donde Abraham enterró a Sara. En el país de la colina, en la primera parte del reinado de David, Hebrón alcanzó su cenit que sirve para los primeros siete y medio años de su gobierno como su capital. En el país de la colina, he aquí Judá y la división, en la historia, como el reino restante único, con la esclava quien dice: “mi alma proclama la grandeza del Señor!” En una historia, como el Señor se convierte en mucho más que simplemente mi Dios!

Copyright © paperlessworld.com


POST SCRIPT:  Dios. La escritura de correos a las historias, con la inmensidad de la fertilidad del Dios Invisible, casi secreta. Antes del nacimiento. Antes de la separación “dada” de una madre, con la pérdida de este estatus de protección. Como los iniciados se convierten en forasteros. Como las mujeres se convierten en madres, con nueva identidad… da. ¿Siempre busque el ahorro invisible en la historia de la visitación? Antes de la salvación de otros, con el sacrificio para salvar a otros.

Así como el simbolismo de la vida de la remontada en las historias de las víctimas, para Isaac e Ismael después de su viaje al monte Moriah, habría, después de su viaje al país de la colina, María. Con estas reapariciones en el mundo real después de… en el mundo dividido entre iglesia y estado. Viviendo con el menor conjunto de circunstancias en la herencia, de la pureza. ‘Arriba’ y ‘ la siguiente,’ con la pureza todavía en algún lugar. A encontrarse. ¿

Lo hizo Zechariah saben cómo su silencio, impuesta, vino a salvar? ¿Como el período de gestación de su esposa sin duda interrumpió su vida de oración… en el principio? ¿Y entonces su hijo nació para salvar a otros, conectados a un ahorro de la madre de Dios? ¿La parte tranquila de la historia de la visitación fue como Zechariah el misterio en su mudez? Quizás con las palabras iniciales del Salmo 46.

http://carmenpampafund.org/

 

http://carmenpampafund.org/

Forming a Messiah

Present arms! Demonstrate your loyalty. If not to the State, to the Spirit of the people of the Land.

Simeon's Song of Praise Breath-taking. Leaving, again. This child had first been born in a trip to Bethlehem. And now a trip to Jerusalem. Leaving, like Abram, only in response to another Call. Per the Law of the Land, every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord. What did it look like to the neighbors, if you did not present your son to the Temple?  After the first Call had been from, ironically, the State. To go to Bethlehem. Behold the connection of leaving to the sacrificial. The next Call was to the Church/Temple. With all of this suddenness, from a perspective of an infant. “Let’s go!” Move. Let go! Sacrifice. Get to Jerusalem . . . with The Urgency, as background. Like another due date. So within a certain number of days, did Joseph and Mary invite any relatives? Like the ones back in Bethlehem? Or did they tell their parents? That they were going?

THE ART is “Simeon’s Song of Praise” by Rembrandt

The PRESENTATION. According to the Law – the Supreme Law – with the concern about purity, and the portals, to let a son in. The barriers were erected with 613 laws. To prove your worth, observing the law of Moses. Within a certain number of days. And so the story as the parents take Jesus to the Temple, to present Him to the Lord, according to the Gospel of Luke. But clearly Jesus would not be an Orthodox Jew, at least in the perspective of all these Gentiles accepted into the Church of the Apostles. So had this been on the 8th day, or the 40th day? What do Christians know about the tradition about the arrival as the day came to purify? What do Roman Catholics know about the significance of the 4th Joyful Mystery, of their rosary? Because hadn’t it been their flight to Egypt, which followed the visit by the Magi? But it is said that even though Herod was looking for the Messiah, according to the Gospel of Matthew, the parents took Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. And according to the Gospel of Matthew, Joseph kept his family in Egypt until Herod the Great had died – which was in 4 BCE at the age of seventy. And one of these Evangelist had to be like a second cousin once removed, because both stories could not be right.

Note the TWO in the story, of The PRESENTATION. Simeon was named for the second born son of Jacob and Leah. And to offer a sacrifice, per the Law of the LAND, there were a pair of young pigeons. Now this guy named Simeon – whatever his name had come to mean – was in Jerusalem, waiting. It had been Simeon that the prophet Joseph took hostage so that his brother might return with Benjamin. To Egypt. As if Mary and Joseph had not already had enough displacement if not disruption since the conception of this child, in their lives, behold the mystery connected to the Law and to Simeon who takes the baby into his arms, and shares his God! In his tradition, Simeon felt CALLED to the Second Temple that day. So the old man whose name means “he has heard” disrupts Mary and Joseph, as they tried to fulfill all the prescriptions of the Law. The real meaning in the story is about Jesus’ first time in the Temple, before their RETURN home. From Bethlehem, from Jerusalem. Maybe from Egypt. Until he set eyes on the Messiah, Simeon would not die, he believed, saying: “Now, Master, you can let ‘your servant’ go in peace.” So the significance of this birth is related to his own death? Somehow. Joseph with Simeon who had tried to destroy his brother Joseph, before the first born son of Jacob had saved Joseph. In a family that had obsessed over if not purity, the obsession to the birth right, which becomes somehow connected to “saving.” So Simeon’s presence was to point out to the parents how they would be so personally threatened, from having been immersed into a culture at the end of this gestation period, when purity became, in the conflict of private and public lives, an obsession greater than life itself? Behold the purification? For the Authorities at the Temple. Behold the Temple. And did you ever think of the wisdom of Solomon who built the First Temple, suggesting to resolve an argument over a child, a baby might be split? Locate Abraham in the story of two women who lived in the same house, both of whom had an infant son but one woman claimed that the other, as both claimed to be the mother of the living son, coming to Solomon for a judgment. After accidentally smothering her own son while sleeping, one had exchanged the two children to make it appear that the living child was hers. After some deliberation, the King called for a SWORD to be brought, to him.

Behold this joyful mystery, connected to the Fear of the Lord – a fear at this point of life, in creating, for each parent! With all the concerns over purity? So had Simeon been a Pharisee or a Sadducee who did not believe in Resurrection? What had become obsessive to the Pharisees, when there was only one way to think, to worship, would become the threat of the very same human condition, over purity, as Church and State now co-existed uneasily, within the Roman Empire. Behold Simeon who felt that he could take the baby into his arms? And did you think back to in the story of two women who lived in the same house, both of whom had an infant son but one woman claimed that the other, after accidentally smothering her own son while sleeping, claimed this infant? Though the event had occurred in the First Temple.  How did Joseph respond to this Simeon whose name also is connected with the idea of ‘miscegenation’?  How exactly was this Simeon God’s servant, telling Mary, “And you yourself a SWORD will pierce,” which left most readers gasping? In this incredible story of The Presentation, there is her companion, Joseph, wondering in the conflict over to whom Your son would belong, over who would be saved, with involvement – some kind of personal involvement – as the formation process of – a “given,” based upon what you don’t know or think that you do, about the MYSTERY – the Messiah begins. So from where did Jesus originate? How do you form a Messiah? As one of us! And what would your child look like to your neighbors, as you returned home?

Consider that first day back home on the job as the parent of a Messiah. With the entire tradition resting upon purity, washing, dinnerware, bloodlines, in this great unsettling Presence … in The Spirit of the Lord. With what you had grown up.

Narrative tension is primarily about withholding information. In any relationship, as your place of birth blinds you to the outside world, with language directed at intimations of attachment, This Spirit from where you come … founded on the back of sacrifice. There is the issue of undivided support as Joseph seems forced to take a vow of chastity, living in the house with Mary and the Son of Man. This theology of Purity, ever since the time of Abraham, with Sarah, his half-sister, passing on something to your first born son.  Born into a tradition, of mostly the Sacrifice in the story, with the same kind of dreams as Abraham, as Joseph the prophet.  Being somehow saved by giving up something like your own son, with a certain amount of this protected status … in the beginning, closest to home somewhere in Israel. In a story when both Mary and Joseph had the tradition, what has become of the command given to Adam to cleave? “Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Though Joseph had, in his calling, representing the entire tradition of the House of David, here he is still cleaving to his perfect wife perhaps out of the prejudice that he had about the outside world. Like Abram.

When you left home for a census, in a certain Call, when your God is not restricted to one place, one land, with borders. And then, from this tradition of a nomad, passing on SAVING, after being saved, uncovering the mystery, through story.  Mary and Joseph meeting Magi, and strangers in the Temple who have come looking for their son.  In their return to the Promise Land, behold the sacrifice to come, with the fear in the story, as doubt always is at the center of either mystery or faith which moves THESE STORIES beyond the power of imagination.

Locate the personal boundaries in the story, with violations of individual if not communal boundaries in the story of the Presentation. By Simeon, for one. Note the conflict over power in the story, when surrounded by so many of your kinsmen, the very same human condition, whether as the last person on earth — or the first — and feeling so all alone? Behold the need for a coverup, living with exception to these kinsmen, with Mary and all the strangeness of her Virgin birth, through the things not physically shared – the torture of her ability to carry the Living God of Abraham to the next generation through this child.

Behold the Lamb of God, identified by the shepherds, in the beginning of! Behold all the human interest in times of trouble, between Church and State, at about the time Herod the Great has died, after the split in the two kingdoms as the Romans had moved in. Living with the invisible loss of your own language, as PLACE is used against you, after PLACE claims you again as its slave? In the eyes of the Romans, with their Latin, like the English brought their language to Ireland? So how old were, how blind were, how oppressed were the eyes of all? Behold the human meaning in the story about a Messiah in the RETURN home after the first time in the Temple. If you get the small details wrong, with all the fear in the story about power over me involving splits, in the LAND, the bond which came not from suffering but from the sacrifice, you will get the big picture wrong – affecting if not your land and your own displacement, from your place of origin, then at least the life of your son.

Breath-taking! The PRESENTATION. Note the TWO in the story, of The PRESENTATION with a sacrifice of a pair of young pigeons. To offer a sacrifice, per the Law of the LAND, with this sense of urgency, within a certain number of days.  There is reference to Egypt in the sacrifice for the redemption of the first born son. “Every firstborn of man among your sons, you shall redeem. And it will come to pass that if your son asks you in the future, saying, ‘What is this?’ you shall say to him, ‘With a mighty hand did God take us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. And it came to pass when Pharaoh was too stubborn to let us out, God slew every firstborn in the land of Egypt.’”

Passover.  Why does understanding, about Jesus, Mary and Joseph look so inevitable? Why do you steal the mystery, about the lingering conflict over power and shared dominion, in another story with mystery? Before these young parents finally returned home.  Did you ever behold the System Substitutions, by Abraham, by Moses?  Note the circumcision, only after Abraham went and fathered a child through his wife’s handmaid. So in the science of consequences, his first born son was a slave. If you did Algebra I. And that led to stories of generations of servants and handmaids and slaves in Egypt.  In an apparition, there is suddenly the unexpected, like a banishment, or like an attempt at genuine sacrifice.  And with all the unexpected, these stories just seem to be repeating themselves, however with the hovering ghosts of ingratitude toward Hagar, as Sarah at least banished her handmaid and her half-Egyptian son.

What is apparent to me in my religious tradition somehow acquired through Abraham is that every tradition of the Abrahamaic religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – has a need for both a story and a real living human body, in order to pass on the method of prayer. Hagar had conceded forever not only her status but that of her son, but with the far off hope that something would one day change? About her servitude? To connect the dots about Hagar, about intimacy, about unconditional love, to Mary and Joseph, like Abraham has sacrificed his purity in the same way Adam had, to appease Eve. Would Mary sacrifice her purity, like Hagar had her own, to Abraham?  For her Masters.  

“Mostly they are the same lives. The same stories, over and over,” wrote David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker. When we endow our lives with stories. Mostly the same stories, generation after generation. When your relationships at their foundation were so alive, but with a great restlessness. When you prayers were so alive….and you wanted others to then have the same experience. Even sometimes you had to be looking for a place to escape. In a start?

There is always the unknown in the present age about all the “givens” a child had been born into, like the suspense lost when you knew the end of a story. “The givens,” lost like a first born son might think that his inheritance could be. If you ever spent the time to try and see, did you notice a greater suffering as the living VICTIM went missing, for over a number of years, like in the case of Joseph the prophet? With so much emotional attachment … did you note the missing part, like the long-forgotten first born son, Ishmael? When he left the home of Sarah and Abraham. And wasn’t there the fair degree of Fear of the Lord whenever a child went missing? Who could ever forget the firstborn son? In the stories of missing it is the ultimate VICTIM of hood-winking who goes missing. Like first Jacob, from the perspective of Isaac, and then Jacob’s son, Joseph. Behold this birth right, connected to the invisible if not to the missing. With all the Spirituality connected to what first seems missing, for a while – like in response to “Where is the Lamb” question. In these stories of the missing behold Jesus, like the prophet renamed Israel, surrounded by people who he could never really trust – even his eldest son by Leah, who he thought betrayed him. And did you witness in the stories of Jacob & Sons, all of the violence over trying to be One? Again. And so the invisible fear connected to the God of Jacob, so distinct from the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, as Jesus grew up.

“The story begins with Creation which, as we have seen, is the story of the acts of distinguishing one thing from another. It ends by alluding to the most crucial distinction of all … wrote Daniel Mendelsohn in THE LOST. It was hard enough to be the Son of Man the first time – only the perfect son this time.

 

Hadn’t it been fear of something that moved people here in the first place? For a place to worship freely? What is most true about the law of Moses and Jewish theology but the portals of life and death – over who belongs. Who is one of us? With all of Abraham’s walking. Using purity as a means to an end. The importance of Movement. Toward a goal. But sacrificing purity one day. But underneath it all, there was still the basic fear. At the portals, with still a concern about purity, and the theology of purity, as you tried to create a normal life, with the blood of the lamb on your thresh-hold that provided a sense of identity, that was connected to having been saved. And now living with all of this purity. Trying to laugh and be normal.  After  demonstrating your fidelity to your God.

“And at the center of all that drama – for Rashi goes to no little trouble to explain that it does indeed stand in the center – the mysterious and somehow moving symbol in the garden, a tree that represents, I have come to think, both the pleasure and the pain that comes from knowing things. -from Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost

Or is it both the pleasure and the pain that comes from knowing God? This is, after all, a love story. Ever since the time of Abraham, the center of all of this drama is love and the children of Abraham dealing with love and sex and fertility. With, according to the Book of Genesis or the Qoran, these relationship stories. And in all of human history, no one has ever told a story without having some kind of agenda — like passing a relationship on, with all of the pleasure and the pain from knowing God or just each other, when love divides. There is the Jewish prayer about survival in the shared belief since Abraham about the sacrifice called The Akedah, involving his son and the future of the world. Were the words heard that day of the Unetaneh Tokef, the prayer about the perils of the year to come – the perils which are all around us, with the perils in my land and the values in this land, as the value of all currency, of the things that help sustain illusion, are threatened?   Like Jews in so many places, Christians in Iraq, or Muslims in the United States:

How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,
Who shall live and who shall die…
Who shall be at peace and who shall be pursued,
Who shall be exalted and who shall be brought low…

Like at the symbolic sacrifice at The Presentation – the Abrahamic concession is that love divides. Joseph and Mary conceded forever not only her status but that affect of sacrifice on her son, like ever since the time of Sarah and her half-brother Abraham.  Like what the message about the affect of sacrifice is in The Warning, of Simeon or like heard at the conclusion in the Beautitudes.

This joyful mystery after all is called a love story, about existence. The mystery, like Sarah’s. Like Elizabeth’s. Like Mary’s. These Alumni who feel compelled to demonstrate their love, like Abraham. In the sacrifice. With birth instead of death. On a different end of a sacrifice.

As they left Jerusalem, with an equivalent fear to an over-forty year old Jacob stealing a birthright, did you hear the “piercing” in the cryptic words of the prophet Zachariah: “….and they shall look on him whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourns for an only son, and they shall grieve over him as one grieves over a firstborn.”

 

How would you reach or teach a child the story of Isaac, with all the waiting by Sarah, with then the sacrifice on Mount Moriah? With the covert sacrifice that the father Abraham would have told no one?  Real people wondering, puzzled, with if not doubt, perplexed?  Dealing with the Everlasting, since the beginning … and all of the past. 

Love? Sacrificing me? In the relationships, in stories about unconditional love, behold the boy Jesus – so much like once the boy Isaac!  After the long wait, as seen in the cousin named Elizabeth.

“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you….” An 89-year old woman pregnant? Then a virgin birth!  Who would believe, when it would come to pass — like THE TRADITION on — that if your son asks you in the future, saying, ‘What is this?’  With speechless hearts and waiting minds,there is this Simeon guy reaching for your infant. . . in the Temple, of all places.  After this virgin birth had come between the betrothed couple, what did this man named Simeon represent, to anyone named Joseph?  And living in this land, did you ever get the sense, maybe like a newly emancipated adult, about the burden of tradition that so many were giving up, like the separation between Israel and Judah, or between a father and a son?  And for those who tried to keep hold of something, there was a feeling that you really could not afford to move, but you could not afford to stay.  And who would ever believe a kid whose parents one day told him of his own virgin birth? If he dare tell anyone.

“If anyone wishes to come after me – like I came after Ishmael, as I came after Isaac – he must deny himself … daily. And follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; whoever gives life, sacrifices their life [by giving life], will save it.”

It is all in The Presentation, like my sister once said while reading a book by Martha Stewart. With a certain amount of joy.  And in Rembrandt’s “Simeon Song of Praise,” doesn’t the Temple look to be the main character, in The Presentation?  Or is it the Light? 

Copyright © 2016.

Paying the highest price possible.

Larry Gillick, SJ

Related. https://paperlessworld.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/behold-the-handmaid/

The Joyful Mystery

‘El misterio gozoso’
Carravagio's The VisitationYesterday was the annual remembrance of “The Visitation” as recorded in story, in the Christian Bible. With words and phases that almost rhyme, would any of the more than 20,000 branches of Christianity ever compare Elizabeth to Sarah? In old age? Would any of the more than 20,000 branches comprehend much about Judah, and the given  split, in history, with the kingdom of Israel? Would any of the more than 20,000 branches connect the saving ….associated to Judah? What was most true was the loyalty of Judah to Yahweh, after the destruction of Israel by the Assyrians in c.722-721, leaving Judah as the sole remaining kingdom.

“The Visitation” by 17th-century Italian painter Mattia Preti.

To be a companion, bringing new life, with Elizabeth, so alone.  In the “Hill Country.”  Note the invisible in the story – Zechariah and Joseph. The quiet in the house.  Mostly, Elizabeth needed someone to talk to? Do you know the history of the Hill Country in Judah?  Did Mary even know Elizabeth was pregnant, or was she only looking for a place to escape?  In the start?  Some scholars refer to this period as an independent kingdom of Israel, fully independent. Taking, according to Wikipedia, the title “basileus” and expanding into the neighboring regions of Samaria, Galilee, Iturea, Perea, and Idumea.

In any story there is TIME and PLACE, like the independent kingdom of Israel, in a story of freedom, just before the Romans arrived, with the installation of Herod the Great.

Breath-taking. Leaving. Like Abram, only more suddenly. Move. Letting go! Sacrifice. Behold the connection of leaving to the sacrificial.  Did Mary tell her betrothed? Or her parents? That she was going? What about the personal safety of Mary and the fetus, in Hill Country? Was this the first? Had another woman in the history of the Hebrew Bible been in her situation, only to lose the fetus? Was Mary alone, traveling into Judah, under the leadership of the Pharisees, with their continued adherence of the Pharisees to the purity laws and tradition. Yikes!

Zechariah, a priest at the temple in his town, in Judah. With this protected status … in the beginning, closest to home. With all the history, in Hill Country, to arrive with a muted Zechariah.  When noticeably pregnant, with other noticeably pregnant women, there is an extra thrill when you missed your period and wanted a child.  Only unmarried Mary did not, at this point of her life, want a child or she would have been stoned to death!  Enthusiasm? Excitement and mutual congratulating?  Mary left home, to move into the home of Zechariah, a priest, with all of the emphasis to the purity laws and tradition.

Due dates. Single unmarried Mary. Before the Visitation, was the LEAVING in the story, by Mary, like the Call of Abram? Or more like the sudden leaving, like Jacob? In either saving or being saved, locate the sacrifice in leaving, with the sacrifice of a protected STATUS, from home.  Leaving for Hill Country, as quickly as Moses had the Hebrew slaves leave Egypt, only for Judah? Where cousin Elizabeth lived with the priest Zechariah.  Not just an inherited but his given priesthood, based upon his branch of the 24 branches of priesthood in his time. [As the invisible becomes visible]. So would Zechariah turn her in?

Did the fetuses listen with tiny, eager ears to all the concerns over purity?

A “given,” based upon what you don’t know or think that you do, about the MYSTERY in the mountainous southern part of Israel. There is always the unknown of a present age about all the “givens” a child is born into.  Like the “givens” lost when you knew the end of a story.  How did Elizabeth even know she was carrying a male? Concerning “the [MALE] prophet and One to be proclaimed, yet to be born?  I can imagine it [her own pregnancy] is similar to Mary and Elizabeth’s joy and enthusiasm,” writes Colleen Chiacchere on the Creighton Online Ministry website which got me challenging her perspective. The unquiet ghosts, “leaping between and among you, those two frisky fetuses.”

More like morning sickness? There is this great unsettling, with the loss of this protected status, when you live in a town and your own pregnancy becomes more apparent over time. Did you ever learn the history of the tribe of Judah which alone remained loyal, at first, to the house of David, though the tribe of Benjamin would join Judah?. The two kingdoms, Judah in the south and Israel in the north – according to Wikipedia – co-existed uneasily after the split. But in the beginning, for 60 years, the kings of Judah tried to re-establish their authority over the northern kingdom, with perpetual war between Israel and Judah. What was most true was the loyalty of Judah to Yahweh, after the destruction of Israel by the Assyrians – compare the Babylonian captivity to the Egyptian slavery – with the siege of Jerusalem – including the destruction led by the King of Babylon of the first temple built under the fourth-born son of Bathsheba [was he the eleventh son overall, like Joseph?] by David, born in Jerusalem – leaving Judah as the sole remaining kingdom, in c.722-721.  According to Wikipedia.

Is there the missed theme — the same one found in the The Book of Genesis — of gut-wrenching separation much later to come, in this fully developed kingdom when measured against the culturally-related-but-politically-distinct northern kingdom of Israel. With the olive industry there, in Hill Country.  Did they [the fetuses], asks Colleen Chiacchere in Creighton University Online Ministry, swim and sway with your voice?  John and Jesus?  Did they feel the love of your hospitality? Do you even KNOW the history, Colleen?  Why does understanding of the past look so inevitable?  Why do you steal the mystery, about the lingering conflict over power and shared dominion in Judah, in having to choose between being king and being High Priest?  With The Visitation, in Hill Country, did you comprehend the sudden fear in having to choose, with the suffering to come? So did Zechariah even know Mary was pregnant, when she arrived?

“Does he know how we are related?”

Mother and son. Husband and wife.  Cousin to cousin. “Does HE know? About what you are carrying?”

The prophet. Make ready the way. In a place with the tomb, as well as an unsettling concern about purity.

After you left home, there would be the day Mary would have to return after the VISITATION.  Did you feel the shared aloneness of Mary with Elizabeth?  In either saving or being saved, locate the comeback in the story …. Surrounded by Sadducees and Pharisees, as well as Zechariah. And the Sadducees did not believe in Resurrection.  In stories of comebacks, in stories of authentic sacrifice, with the continued theme of separation, note the theme of the competition between Church and State over purity laws. And Mary seemed to be in violation of purity laws that Elizabeth surely understood.

The split between Judah and Israel. The air on the mountaintop. Light air. Hill Country. Prior to the gut-wrenching destruction of the Temple, one of the factors that distinguished the Pharisees from other groups was their belief that all Jews had to observe outside the Temple the purity laws (applicable to the Temple service). As Josephus noted, the Pharisees were considered the most expert and accurate expositors of Jewish law.  According to Wikipedia, “during the Hasmonean period, the Sadducees and Pharisees functioned primarily as political parties. The major difference was the continued adherence of the Pharisees to the purity laws and traditions of the Jewish people in the face of assimilation. The Pharisees demanded that king Alexander Jannaeus choose between being king and being High Priest.”

Behold The Visitation!  In Hill Country.  In the conflict of Church and State, the fidelity of one to the other, the Pharisees demanded that king Alexander Jannaeus – the Hasmonean – choose “between being king and being High Priest.”  According to Wikipedia, “Alexander Jannaeus openly sided with the Sadducees, in adopting their rites in the Temple which caused a riot in the Temple and led to a brief civil war that ended with a bloody repression of the Pharisees. On his deathbed, Alexander Jannaeus called for a reconciliation between the Sadducees and Pharisees; he was succeeded by his widow, Salome Alexandra whose brother was a leading Pharisee.  In the conflict between her first born son Hyrcanus who sought Pharisee support, and a younger son, Aristobulus who sought the support of the Sadducees, the nation was drawn into, after 90 days of Hyrcanus’ rule, civil war which was ended when the Roman general Pompey captured Jerusalem in 63 BCE and inaugurated the Roman period of Jewish history, with the infamy of Herod. Herod was victorious in 37 BCE.  Antigonus was delivered to Antony and executed shortly thereafter. The Romans assented to Herod’s proclamation as King of the Jews, bringing about the end of the Hasmonean rule over Judea, according to Wikipedia.

Aristobulus III, grandson of Aristobulus II through his elder son Alexander, was briefly made high priest, but was soon executed, allegedly due to Herod’s jealousy. In 36 BCE. His sister Mariamne who was married to Herod, also fell VICTIM to the notorious jealousy of Herod, the proclaimed King of the Jews. The sons of Herod by Mariamne — Aristobulus IV and Alexander — were in their adulthood also executed by their father, according to Wikipedia.

 In stories about Homeland Security, about all the “givens” in Judah, after the perpetual wars over purity,  over what side you or your family were on, would you anticipate some vengeance by the victors – these Pharisees – in choosing between being “Jewish”  between a king and High Priest?  So Hyrcanus II lived amid the Babylonian Jews, who paid him every mark of respect, as he was held by the Parthians … since 40 BCE.  For the next four years, until 36 BCE, when “Herod, who feared that Hyrcanus might induce the Parthians to help him regain the throne, invited him to return to Jerusalem.  The Babylonian Jews warned him in vain.  Herod received him with every mark of respect, assigning him the first place at his table and the presidency of the state council, while awaiting an opportunity to get rid of him.  As the last remaining Hasmonean, Hyrcanus was too dangerous a rival for Herod.  In the year 30 BCE, charged with plotting with the King of Arabia, Hyrcanus was condemned and executed,” according to Wikipedia.

So what year had Mary been born? And since the birth for Zechariah, his years had included all of this history and maybe a change in the Culture.  The duty as people of faith is not to disconnect from the real world the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, from your idea of Mary and Zechariah — as Colleen Chiacchere did yesterday on the Creighton University Online Ministry website.  And to leave home is always the first sacrifice, in building upon and confronting the great Unsettling Sacrifice.  In the face of assimilation, in a society seen as oppressive.  And note the unconditional in this story, for those willing to keep moving, to start over – not to be made into a statue.  With the command, “Do not be afraid!”

So in her world at the time, why did Mary leave?  How did she know Elizabeth was pregnant, except from her own Call, like Abram’s.  Or did she know?  But there was the Obedience, to move forward, if she did not know quite why.  Otherwise the threat was in a conflicting belief – by those who knew that you were betrothed – between the issue of fidelity and a betrayal, as seen in adultery.  Go!  To Hill Country.  Behold – for those dealing with the loss of independence in the kingdom of Israel, under the Roman Empire, under Herod the Great – the Genealogy!  In the conflict over belonging, in a society seen as oppressive!  Note the conflict over power in the story, when surrounded by so many of your kinsmen, with this shared idea of independence and purity.  But what is the connection of purity and dependence – relying upon Someone else or something else for your safety?  Behold the handmaid, living with the reduced set of circumstances in the inheritance, dealing with loss… of purity?  Pregnant, living in the home of a priest, with the gut-wrenching tension between Church and State.  Were the Pharisees now allied with Herod, so the God of Abraham might survive?  Was the birth right passed on by Sarah and Abraham connected to purity?  Behold all the tension over purity, over paternity.  As Mary is taken in as the insider, not outwardly challenging the law of purity, but would she be stoned?  And how well did Mary even know Zechariah? Was he a Pharisee? Or a Sadducee who did not believe in Resurrection? What had become obsessive to the Pharisees, when there was only one way to think, to worship, would become the threat of the very same human condition, whether as the last person on earth — or the first — and feeling so all alone.

God. The stories. The secret immensity of God’s fertility. People like to read about themselves, besides knowing what horrors happened yesterday.  History up close, in the news. But not history far away. Did you ever hear the command, in the story of The Visitation, given LOT, with his own virgin daughters? “Flee for your life! Do not look behind you, nor stop anywhere in the Plain; flee to the hills, lest you be swept away.” The HILLS saved Mary? Surrounded by the crowd of your kinsmen — as your loving cousin, immersed into the culture of Hill Country, with all the ardent desire for a child of your own.  To pass on the invisible.

In the conflict over to whom Your son would belong, over who would be saved, with involvement – some kind of personal involvement – with the use of Your fertility, in times of annihilation as You were so personally threatened, from having been immersed into a culture during this gestation period, when purity became, in the conflict of private and public lives, an obsession greater than life itself? Pharisees, thinking about the method of punishment which left most readers gasping! In this incredible story of The Visitation, there is this companion, Elizabeth also so alone.

Behold the weeping mentioned in “The Visitation” in a poem by Joyce Rupp, from her book Out of the Ordinary:

Elizabeth wrinkled and wise, weary from the child kicking inside, (already a hint of wildness in him),
The two of you, meeting at the door, weeping and laughing at the same time, each one GASPING at the other’s fertility.

Behold the gasping, at the same time.  Elizabeth over her aged fertility so much like Sarah.  Behold at the same time, a gasping over the innocent purity of Mary! In the first half of life? In the last half of the creation process? Bringing new life, in the saving connected to Judah, did you feel the gut-wrenching fear at this point of life, in creating, for each woman, giving birth into the forces of these times?  Each one gasping!   With even all the “givens” to a pregnant woman or to a chief priest — to any Creator — with a protected status.  Just as Moses was taken in by the Pharaoh’s sister, Mary is taken in by Zechariah.  In Judah. 

What was always true about Judah was this loyalty to Yahweh, as Church and State now co-existed uneasily, within the Roman Empire.  Where cousin Elizabeth lived in Judah, with a need, while carrying something, based upon age for a handmaid [like Hagar].  Behold this joyful mystery, connected to the Fear of the Lord – a fear at this point of life, in creating, for each woman!  Behold each woman, finding a safe place, to gestate, though at least the first trimester – or the last trimester – with God present in the world, hiding in plain sight, in the home of a priest.  A son of Abraham who had obsessed over purity, in an obsession to the birth right, which becomes somehow connected to “saving.”  So what does happen to those who obsess, who are not open to amending their lives, over all the “givens” of Creation? So much like Sarah, too, left with human wondering.  Would you be there at the end, for what you created?  Or Whom?  In Hill Country, where Abraham buried Sarah.  In Hill Country, in the early part of David’s reign, Hebron reached its zenith serving for the first seven and a half years of his rule as his capital.  In Hill Country, behold Judah and the split, in history, as the sole remaining kingdom, with the handmaid who says, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord!”  In a story, as the Lord becomes much more than simply MY God!

Copyright © 2016.

http://carmenpampafund.org/

http://carmenpampafund.org/

God. The post script to the stories, with the Invisible, almost secret immensity of God’s fertility. Before birth. Before the “given” separation from a mother, with loss of this protected status. As insiders become outsiders.   As women become mothers, with new Identity … given.  Did you ever locate the invisible saving in the story of the Visitation? Before the saving of others, with all the Sacrifice connected to saving others.

So like the living symbolism of the comeback in the stories of Victims, for Isaac and Ishmael after their journey to Mount Moriah, there would be, after her journey to Hill Country, Mary. With these comebacks into the real world after. . . in the world split between Church and State. Living with the reduced set of circumstances in the inheritance, of purity. In ‘the above’ and ‘the below,’ with the purity still somewhere. To be found.

So did Zechariah even know how his silence, imposed, came to save? As the gestation period of his wife certainly disrupted his prayerful life …. in the beginning? And his son then was born to save others, connected to a saving of the mother of God? The quiet part of the Visitation story was as Zechariah figured out the mystery in his own muteness? Perhaps with the words of Psalm 46. “Be still ….. and know!”

Copyright © 2016.

Larry Gillick, SJ
MillennialJournal.

Related. https://paperlessworld.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/when/

Mordecai PaldielTo give birth into the force of these times, each one GASPING at the other’s fertility … in these perilous times.