Accept the gift of Jesus and God.

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INTRODUCTION

Tomorrow Sunday 23 August Mt 22,1-14 is read.

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mt 22,1-14 says:

22:1 Jesus answered and spoke again in parables to them, saying,
22:2 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son,
22:3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come.
22:4 Again he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner. My cattle and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast!”’
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22:7 When the king heard that, he was angry, and sent his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
22:8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited weren’t worthy.
22:9 Go therefore to the intersections of the highways, and as many as you may find, invite to the marriage feast.’
22:10 Those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. The wedding was filled with guests.
22:11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who didn’t have on wedding clothing,
22:12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here not wearing wedding clothing?’ He was speechless.
22:13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him into the outer darkness; there is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.’
22:14 For many are called, but few chosen.”

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The message

22:3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come.

What is the” marriage feast”? For me it is like going to mass. Attending mass is like going to a marriage with Jesus Kerygma. it makes me feel happy and well.

22:4 Again he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner. My cattle and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast!”’

The servants are for me  the prophets that came before Jesus as well as John the Baptist,servants who few listened to.

22:10 Those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. The wedding was filled with guests.

As pope Francis said in his Angelus (see below) all were invited.

22:11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who didn’t have on wedding clothing,

Pope Francis interpret this as a gift given to all when they entered the marriage feast. this man did not accept that gift so he was” thrown out  into the outer darkness”

Maybe that gift is the kerygma of Jesus.

Listen or read the transcript of the interpretation of  the pope Francis

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conclusion

It is not enough to come the marriage. You must also accept the gift of Jesus, that is for me,his teaching.


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Ancient history of our best friends

written by Maurizio Bettini and translated by me to English.
 
there was a discussion on whether or not animals possessed some form of “rationality “.
 
the Stoic philosophers
The Stoic philosophers were hostile to the idea that animals were endowed with reason; and consequently, they did not accept the principle that men and beasts could be bound together by any form. The gaze of the Stoics was so centered on man, the only being endowed with the gift of reason, that their humanism ended up transforming itself into a form of animal racism, or rather of “speciesism”. As Cicero said, “there is no legal relationship between men and beasts. In an excellent way, Chrysippus affirmed… that men can use animals for their own benefit without committing any injustice ».
 In short, according to the Stoics, animals existed exclusively for the benefit of men. Chrysippus, the successor of Cleantes at the head of the Stoic school said: “the Gods gave the soul to the pig like salt, so its flesh did not rot. “
 
the defenders of animals
On the opposite side were the defenders of animals, in particular Plutarch and Porphyry. Their ideas derived in part from those of Theophrastus, the disciple and successor of Aristotle, but mixed with mystical conceptions of the Orphic or Pythagorean type. What were their positions? 
Basically these: animals are endowed with reason, and to varying degrees also with language; between men and animals there is a form of “kinship” – therefore the distance that separates them is not at all abysmal, as the Stoics claimed – while the typically human virtue of philanthropy,, must push us to use “justice” also in their comparisons. But what of the Jewish thinkers?
 
Jewish thinkers
 In the Bible they found the explicit affirmation of the inferiority of animals. “Let us make man in our image and likeness” says the God of Genesis “and dominate over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky, over livestock, over all wild beasts and over all reptiles that crawl on the earth.” Consequently, those who wanted to keep faith with the sacred text certainly could not recognize the “rights” to beings that God himself had placed at the service of men. 
 
In a dialogue entitled “On animals”, Philo, a great commentator of the Bible, entrusts the character of Alexander with the task of representing the ideas of those philosophers who also wanted to recognize the faculty of reason to these beings. The interlocutor, therefore, argues that birds not only chirp melodiously but even articulate “words”, in short, they possess a form of language. 
However, Filone is not of this opinion. At most, he counters, birds can be said to emit “sounds”, in the manner of musical instruments. He concludes in this way: «let us, therefore, stop criticizing nature and commit sacrilege. Raising animals to the level of men and thus guaranteeing equality to those who are not equal, constitutes the worst of injustices ». “injustice” is committed not when the “rights” of animals are denied, but when they are affirmed.
 
Augustine
As regards Christian thought, if we take Augustine as his representative, the situation is quite disheartening. It would be enough to recall that passage in which, to answer those who considered the suffering of childbirth common also to animals, he affirmed: “the animals have not told you if their moan [at the moment of birth] is a song or a lament … Who can he know if the motions and sounds that animals manifest on this occasion – they who are mute, and therefore cannot reveal what is happening inside them – not only do not express pain, but even some form of pleasure? ‘ Augustine here intended to oppose those thinkers who recognized animals, if not the ability to communicate rational contents, at least that of expressing their emotions or passions. The poet Lucretius, for example, had been one of them. But the bishop of Hippo was unwilling to concede even this. In any case, anyone who has seen at least their cat gives birth will easily be able to judge Augustine’s insensitivity on this ground.
 
rhetorician from Palestrina named Eliano
Tto stand out for originality is a rhetorician from Palestrina named Eliano. He fervently advocated the thesis that animals had virtues such as wisdom, patience, temperance, and in short, he was absolutely certain that they had intellectual and moral qualities not only equal to, but even superior to, those of men. He did so as a rhetorician, recalling mythical paradigms to which animals, with their skills and virtues, could be assimilated: for example, the female seabird would have equaled Alcestis in conjugal devotion (who gave his life in exchange for that of his husband Admetus) and Evadne (who wanted to die on the same stake on which her husband Capaneo burned); not to mention the care with which animals would shy away from incest, which Oedipus notoriously failed; and so on. In particular, Eliano also tried to demonstrate that the sounds emitted by his darlings could have a real linguistic value, that is, that they were instruments of communication. In fact, he wrote: «Nature has endowed animals with an immense variety of voices and languages, just as it did with men. The Scythian in fact speaks differently from the Indian, the speaking of the Greeks is different from that of the Romans. This is also the case with animals, in which each emits the tone and the sound that is most natural for its own language: one in fact roars, the other lower, of one it is the neigh, of the other the braying; the other still bleating or doing “meh!” … ». The reasoning is sophistical, of course, because Eliano does not bother to argue about what – already in Aristotle’s opinion – constitutes the fundamental difference between human and animal sound emissions: the former is equipped with “articulation”, that is, they are structured in words capable of organizing themselves into discourse; the voices of animals, on the other hand, do not enjoy this possibility. But Eliano still allows himself to be appreciated for his generous disposition towards our (unfortunate) life companions on the planet.

Sourdhough 22

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introduction

My 22nd sourdough was made following part of Alex advice I have shared at  www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/sourdough_bread/#Alex

I love his Frenglish!

  • Alex has a strange solution to keep the dough in the frig the last night before baking it. I did so with my 20th bread but it became a heavy stone bread. I followed these advices:
  • I used firsttime (bread 21) his mnemonics 1:2:3 but it became a sticky mess. This time  I used the mnemonic 1:2:3+50 gram as my Italian wheat flour (Divella tipo 1) does not absorb so much water.
  • I followed his keeping the oven with the lamp lit with temp set to  0 celsius (zero).
  • I stretched like he did for 10 minutes.
  • But I let the dough ferment last time in the ligh lidded oven about 4 hours. not in the frig as he did.
  • I divided the dough in two parts.

 I got 2 great well tasting soft bread.

I did only one error as I will tell below (letting the dough ferment on baking paper).

HINT. The main page about sourdough, its preparing methods, history and science is documented in www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/sourdough_bread/

index

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Making levain

Levain ingrediences (made this Friday  October 2 at 20.20) 

  • 2 spoons of a bubbleing starter solved in
  • in 100 gram 21 celsius water (~ 1 dl) in a bucked with lid and added
  • 100 gram  Italian Divella I wheat flour bought at Discount Canneto
  • Mixed well with hands
  • ~ 11 hours in the refrigerator in my plastic box with cover.
    I did not like Alexkeeping the levain in the lampwarmed oven until it doubled in size ( ~40 min).

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Create the dough

(Saturday  October 3) 

  1. 7.50. Took out the levain from the frig.
  2. The floating test wasn’t passed.
    I got however a nice soft bread.
  3. I solved all the levain (200 gram) in 4 dl warm (21 Celsius Fontenoce water)
  4. Then I added  600 gram wheat flour 1 Divella bought at Discount Canneto + 2 tablespoon 50 gr integrale wheat flour
  5. I mixed this with hands
  6. 60 min rest (Rest 1) in room temp in a plastic box with a lid over to protect humidity in the oven with the lamp lightened but with temp set to 0 as Alex suggested.
  7. 08.05 Rest 1 hour in my lid covered bucket.

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Stretching and rest
(Saturday 09.10)

creating protein network with Alex method

  • I solved a few gram dry coarse salt in 1 dl warm water (30 Celsius).
  • I made the stretch as Alex recommended during 10 minutes.
  • I divided the dough in 2 parts and put it in the oven in two bowls covered with baking paper.
    Do not do that.  Put on a flowered handkershief as Alex suggests.
  • 09.20 Let it rest for 4- hours in the oven with light lit and temp set to 0.

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Final stretch  and formatting

(Saturday 14.15 )

  • 14:15. Sprinkling the table with wheat flour.
  • Took out the doughs from the bucket 
  • Made 4-5 quick folds.  Left-right, right-left, top-bottom, bottom-top.
  • Divided the dough in two equal parts.
  • Moved the doughs to the left with the butcher knife. As well from right to left.

Sprinkle the doughs and the bowl with flour

Flip upside down the doughs into the bowls.

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Fermenting – producing  CO2 bubbles

(Saturday 14.25 )

  • Put the bowls the oven warmed by a lid light ~4 hours
  • 11.30 am.  laid  the doughs on the baking sheet with baking paper paper to fermet 2 hours in room temp (25 celsius)
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    Baking preparation
    (Saturday 18:00 )

  • 180.00 Took out the fermented doughs from the oven
  • Put in baking bowls with lid cover in oven and 
  • started oven at with temp set to max (260 Celsius)
  • 18.20 flipped doughts on a plate with baking paper
  • Moved the doughs in the hot baking bowls. Did not spray on the bread before covering the bowls with the lid cover.
  • cutted the doughs
  • 18:20 Bowls into the oven to bake the doughs. 
  • 19.15 Lowered temp to 220 Celsius
  • 20.00 bowls out of the oven. (Total baking time 100 minutes)
    Double the time Alex recommended and that gave me a uncooked bread (bread 21)
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  • Baking

  • 40 minutes at max temp.
  • l2.10 pm   lowered temp to 160
  • Nice color . 15 minutes more baking at this 250 Celsius (max) with ventilation

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Cooling and tasting

 

The bread became nice and fully baked.  The taste is good with a fine acidity and soft texture.

Photo from bread eleven but with texture like the 22nd bread.

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Conclusion

i got a good acidity and soft bread. Perfect. I will continue doing like I did with the 22:nd bread.

the third bread I am very satisfied with.

I were satisfied with: 

The wineyard, the farmers and the servants.

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INTRODUCTION

Tomorrow Sunday, October 4 Mt 21,33-43 is read. It is about the parable of the farmers who leased a vineyard and then “took his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned another.”.

This parable takes some time for me, to interpret. So  I hope to conclude this post tomorrow after having listened to the Angelus of the Pope.

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Matthew 21:33-3 says:

21:33 “Hear another parable. There was a man who was a master of a household, who planted a vineyard, set a hedge about it, dug a winepress in it, built a tower, leased it out to farmers, and went into another country
. 21:34 When the season for the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, to receive his fruit.
21:35 The farmers took his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
21:36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they treated them the same way.
21:37 But afterward he sent to them his son, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
21:38 But the farmers, when they saw the son, said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and seize his inheritance.’
21:39 So they took him, and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
21:40 When therefore the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?”
21:41 They told him, “He will miserably destroy those miserable men, and will lease out the vineyard to other farmers, who will give him the fruit in its season.”
21:42 Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the head of the corner. This was from the Lord. It is marvelous in our eyes?’
21:43“ Therefore I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and will be given to a nation bringing forth its fruit.
21:44 He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but on whomever, it will fall, it will scatter him as dust.”

Lachiesa.it shares this introduction to the parable:

The parable of the murderous tenants is of such realism that we could consider it as a theology of history.
Murder is the apogee of continuous infidelity, which naturally hides ingratitude. It is the history of humanity and that of every man, with our limitations, our injustices, our avarice, our ambitions. We often react this way to the good we receive from our fellow men. We often act like this in the face of God’s goodness.
We are bad administrators, who begin by committing the grave mistake of believing ourselves masters of the kingdom and the least power disturbs us, even that of God, absolute but not a ruler. We are not in the place we should occupy, and we would like to forbid entry to the kingdom to those who want to enter it. God’s attitude differs completely from ours. He loves us the same way; but he does not tolerate that his children do not eat the bread that he offers them and that, moreover, they persist in preventing others from eating it. We are wrong in everything. And just when we feel more secure, we will be deprived of our gifts, because we do not have, even if we believe it, any exclusivity.”

 

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The message

21:33 “Hear another parable. There was a man who was a master of a household, who planted a vineyard, set a hedge about it, dug a winepress in it, built a tower, leased it out to farmers, and went into another country

This is maybe a parable about God who created all things and then went to another exoplanet. God does not show up now and then for reasons we do not know.

As pope Francis explained in the Angelus October, the wineyard represents the choosen people that were to be taken care of.

. 21:34 When the season for the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, to receive his fruit.
21:35 The farmers took his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned another.

The servants are the prophets that God sent out to collect the fruits of its “vineyard”.

21:37 But afterward he sent to them his son, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
21:38 But the farmers, when they saw the son, said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and seize his inheritance.’

This sounds to be about Jesus. But then Jesus explains:

21:42 Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the head of the corner. This was from the Lord. It is marvelous in our eyes?

It sounds to be about Peter.

21:43“ Therefore I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and will be given to a nation bringing forth its fruit.
21:44 He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but on whomever, it will fall, it will scatter him as dust.”

The interpretation of pope Francis.

  1. The owner of the vineyard is God
  2. The vineyard represents the chosen people of Israel
  3. The servants sent by the master are the prophets
  4. the son  it is the figure of Jesus

Here is the description of the pope Francis at the Angelus in Rome October 4. See below the transcript translation.

TRANSCRIPT TRANSLATION:

00:54 good morning in today’s gospel Jesus
01:03 foreseeing his passion and death
01:07 tells the parable of the winemakers
01:11 murderers to admonish the leaders of the
01:15 priests and elders of the people who
01:19 they are about to take a wrong turn
01:23 these, in fact, have evil intentions
01:27 towards him and seek the
01:31 way to eliminate him
01:36 the allegorical tale describes a
01:38 master who after having taken great care of the
01:42 his vineyard having to leave the line to 
01:46 farmers. Then at harvest time
01:50 he sent servants to collect the fruits but
01:55 those winemakers welcomed the servants
01:59 with sticks 
02:01 and some were even killed.
02:05  The master sent out more servants
02:08 but they received the same treatment
02:12 the limit is reached when the master
02:16 decides to send his son.
02:19 The winemakers (farmers) have no respect for it.
02:23 They think that by eliminating the son, they will be able 
02:29 to take over the vineyard too.
02:33 The image of the vineyard is
02:40 clear. It represents the people God
02:43 has chosen and taken care of with
02:46 so much love.
02:49 The servants sent by the master are the
02:53 prophets sent by god while the son
02:58 it is the figure of Jesus. How they were rejected
03:03  so also the christ was rejected and killed

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conclusion

Verse 21:34 that says “When the season for the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, to receive his fruit.”

reminds me about a verse in the Quran 57:25 that says: 
“We have already sent Our messengers with clear evidence and sent down with them the Scripture and the balance that the people may maintain [their affairs] in justice.” 

http://corpus.quran.com/translation.jsp?chapter=36&verse=14 

When We sent to them two but they denied them, so We strengthened them with a third,”


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A true Christian does not only talk

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INTRODUCTION

Tomorrow Sunday 26 Mt 21,28-32another parable is read in the Catholic church.

We read the parable of two sons of a vineyard owner. It is about being true Christians who not only attend mass but also follow Jesus’ commandments. Many don’t as it is so difficult.

I have collected links to all parable in my kerygma index page.

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

One has to read 21:23 to understand who Jesus is talking to in todays reading.

21:23 When he had come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching,

So Jesus was talking with the temple priests and elders.

Matthew 21:28-32 says:

21:28 But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first, and said, ‘Son, go work today in my vineyard.’
21:29 He answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind, and went.
21:30 He came to the second, and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but he didn’t go.
21:31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Most certainly I tell you that the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering into the Kingdom of God before you.
21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you didn’t believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. When you saw it, you didn’t even repent afterward, that you might believe him.

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The message

21:30 He came to the second, and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but he didn’t go.

It is like the one who says the creed in Church but then does not follow Jesus’ Commandments.

www.lachiesa.it/calendario/Detailed/20200927.shtml shares an interesting conclusion: 

The parable makes us understand how real the danger is for us too of participating, with apparent docility, throughout our life, in liturgical celebrations and in the activities of the Church, without ever becoming true Christians.

I love to listen to the pope Francis Angelus. I share a copy with the transcript activated in my channel so deaf and people who do not understand Italian. can understand his message.

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conclusion

I have another parable today, I think. However, I am happy with my interpretation. Jesus’ teaching is astonishing.

John 14:15 If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. If all Christians would do that…


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God measures faith and endurance.

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INTRODUCTION

 

Tomorrow Sunday 20 Mt 20,1-16 is read. It is about the parable of the envious vineyard workers. 

You find a list of all the parables in this page.

When I understood it (I hope I did) I liked it. I am satisfied with my Conclusion

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 INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mt 20,1-16 says:

20:1 “For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
20:2 When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
20:3 He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace.
20:4 To them he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’  So they went their way.
20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour and did likewise.
20:6 About the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle. He said to them, ‘Why do you stand here all day idle?’
20:7 “They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ “He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.’
20:8 When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘ Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.’
20:9  “When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius.
20:10 When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius.
20:11 When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household,
20:12 saying, ‘These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat!’
20:13 “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me for a denarius?
20:14 Take that which is yours and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you.
20:15 Isn’t it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?’
20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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The message

The essence of this parable is in 20:16

So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen.”

So the last will be first, and the first last

I always interpreted this message as saying that those who are first on earth may be last in Heaven.
Like, rich people maybe last in Heaven and poor first. But with this interpretation, I 
don’t understand the connection between this and the parable of the envious laborers. Why should the laborer who started working first, be last? 
This parable gives the sentence a more deep interpretation.
Maybe the answer is, the first laborer will become last as the lacked of love and were envious. What sense has it to share the word if you do not follow Jesus’ commandments of love.

For many are called, but few are chosen.”

The laborer who came in late did not hear about the work.  They worked 6 and 9 hours less but got the same pay. He paid not for the hours of work but for their willingness to work in his vineyard. This seems to be very unfair as we are used to be paid per hour.  But we must think that this is not a parable about our world. it is a parable that tells about God and what is important for God.

I recommend you to listen to the Angelus of the pope. He shares another important view. The request to do like God coming out of the church. Only Jehovah’s witness comes out. I never see the priests of Lipari in the town or participating in non-ecumenic events, like e.g. trekking.

 

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conclusion

I would interpret this parable as everyone is loved by God regardless of the time dedicated to spreading the word. As http://www.lachiesa.it/calendario/Detailed/20200920.shtml writes

Some may have to suffer more, some less, some more time, some less.

It does not matter if you spent your whole life spreading the word of God or maybe only the last years of your life. God does not value quantity but quality.

God is tolerant and righteous.

With this parable, I got a new interpretation of the sentence
So the last will be first, and the first last. As I wrote above: What sense has it to share the word your whole life if you do not follow Jesus’ commandments of love.


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We must always try to forgive.

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INTRODUCTION

Tomorrow Sunday 13/9 Mt 18,21-35  is read.

It is about forgiveness. to pardon 7×77 times.

How important is this if you are a father.

And how difficult it is if someone has hurt or killed one of your beloved.

The massacre of Tutsie by Hutu in Rwanda looked to be unforgivable. But Tutsie victims and relatives were able to forgive as is told about in this video.  Activate transcript to get a translation.

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mt 18,21-35 says:

18:21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?”
18:22 Jesus said to him, “I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.
18:23 Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants.
18:24 When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.e

18:25 But because he couldn’t pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
18:26 The servant therefore fell down and kneeled before him, saying, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will repay you all!’
18:27 The lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
18:28 “But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him one hundred denarii, and he grabbed him, and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’
18:29 “So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay you!’ 18:30 He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due.
18:31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were exceedingly sorry, and came and told to their lord all that was done.
18:32 Then his lord called him in, and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me.
18:33 Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?’ 18:34His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him.
18:35 So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don’t each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds.”

 

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The message

Mt 18,21-35 says:

18:21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?”
18:22 Jesus said to him, “I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.

As the pope Francis said in the Angelus on Sunday (listen below) “seventy times seven” is the same as “always”

18:23 Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants.
18:24 When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.

I think that  Pope Francis explained this parable clearly on the Angelus on Sunday. Open transcript to read text.

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conclusion

God always forgive. How difficult is it for us humans to forgive “seventy times seven” or always.


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Kindly remind each other

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INTRODUCTION

Today Mt 18,15-20 is read. it is about helping each other not to sin. 

I ask myself in this post what is sin and what is the next, the neighbor, the enemy as Jesus teach us to love?

Pope Francis reminded us today that it is important not to make public our reminders and especially not to gossip that is “worse than COVID.”

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mt 18,15-20 says:

18:15 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother.
18:16 But if he doesn’t listen, take one or two more with you, that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.d
18:17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the assembly. If he refuses to hear the assembly also, let him be to you as a Gentile or a tax collector.
18:18 Most certainly I tell you, whatever things you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever things you release on earth will have been released in heaven.
18:19 Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.
18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst.”

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The message

18:15 “If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother.

What us “sins against you”?

Most people think about the law of Moses, about lying, disrespect of parents etc. But as good Christians, we should also think about Jesus’ request to follow his commandments. He said “Love your next as you love yourself. … Love your neighbor and enemy”. 

“Sin against you” is also if someone does not love you, yell at you openly, gossip behind your back, make you feel bad or even get sick.

What is “Our next, neighbor and enemies”?

We think here normally about our next humans, our neighbor humans our human enemies. But the animals we have around us? Did Jesus said it was allowed to hate and treat animals badly?

As a Jew, Jesus must have followed among others Deuteronomy 25:4 reads, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.”

The Ten Commandments specifically mentions that cattle and donkeys must not be worked on the Sabbath.

“Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox… may have rest …” (Exodus 23:12).

Proverbs 12:10 declares,A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, …”

Psalm 36:6-7 praises God, saying “man and beast thou savest, O Lord. How precious is thy steadfast love, O God! “

read more in www.humanesociety.org

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conclusion

We must follow Jesus’ commandments. We must love our neighbor humans and animals. We must remind our neighbor humans about this in a kind and respectful way. I think also that we must also choose the right opportunity to do this, an opportunity when you and your next are available to talk with you. 
In these times of COVID, we could also say that we must kindly help each other to protect our next from Coronavirus infections.


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The death of 22 year old Lorenza

Lorenza Famularo a 22 young girl came to the Lipari island hospital, with severe abdominal pains. At the hospital on Lipari, she was not taken care of as usual with appropriate examinations. She died after 2 weeks of severe pain.

Doctors say that she would have remained alive today with an appropriate examination.

the citizens of Lipari has now started a strike to get attention and a recovering of the previously well working hospital.

The Municipality of Lipari has about 13.000 inhabitants living on 6 islands with many tourists, among other divers and sailors coming during summer. It is similar to Mariehamn (Åland) that with Fasta Åland has about 12.000 inhabitants.

www.rainews.it talks about it.

A local journalist Salvatore Sarpi, has prepared a video on youtube that share views among others from the meetings at the hospital, the occupation of the harbour of Lipari island, etc.

 

20200831 The Mayors second speech to the islanders in youtube

the Lipari islands Mayor Marco Giorgianni continues to send streaming from home to tell about the health situation (Covid virus situation, from min 9:40 and the hospital situation) on Lipari and its islands. This transparency is a good example of democracy. Thanks to the islander and journalist Giuseppe Paino we have now also the transcript of the Mayor’s speech, so you can get it translated if needed.

A pluralist agnostic seeker

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