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Jesus, more woman than man



At Catholic Mass, Lc 1,39-56 is read. Maria encounters her cousin Elizabeth. who has John the Baptist in her womb.

Pope Francis talked about Marys’s humility and made me think about Jesus’ relation to women, his mother, Marta mong others.

Despite Jesus talks about God, his father.

Pope Luciani (John paul 1) said once

“God is more mother than father.
This is why a mother brings us closer to God” 

I wrote about this in
and in

All historical facts (the story of Jesus in the temple) say that Jesus was a man. But his  reasoning and attitude toward women, led me to give the provocative title to this post.



The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from
Gospel texts below are copied from )

Luke 1,39-56 says:

1:39 Mary arose in those days and went into the hill
country with haste, into a city of Judah,
1:40 and entered into the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
1:41 It happened,
when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, that the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
1:42S he called out with a loud voice, and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
1:43 Why
am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
1:44 For behold, when
the voice of your greeting came into my
ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy!
1:45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord!”
1:46 Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord.
1:47 My spirit has rejoiced in God my
1:48 for he has looked at the humble
state of his handmaid. For behold, from now on, all generations will call me blessed.
1:49 For he who is mighty has done
great things for me. Holy is his name.
1:50 His mercy is for generations of generations on those who fear him. 1:51 He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
1:52 He has put down princes from their
thrones. And has exalted the lowly.
1:53 He has filled the hungry with good
things. He has sent the rich away empty.
1:54 He has given help to Israel, his servant,
that he might remember mercy,
1:55 As he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and his seed forever.”
1:56 Mary stayed with her for about three
months, and then returned to her house.


The message

Are Mary from the tribe of Judah and Elizabeth,
the mother of John the Baptist, related?

Luke 1:5 says:
“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the priestly division of Abijah. He had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth”

Elizabeth was of the “daughters of Aaron” (Luke 1:5, (that is, descended through Moses’ brother, Aaron, from the Jewish tribe of Levi (Exodus 6:20) (one of the twelve sons of Jacob, or Israel)), while Mary was from the tribe of Judah (one of Jacob’s other sons, as well as Levi’s full brother, since they had the same mother and had descended from Judah through David. (Source:

The Greek term ‘syngenis, simply means “relative” (NKJV, NASB, NIV) or “kinswoman” (ASV, RSV). It is a general term, meaning ‘of the same family.’ Thus, Mary and Elizabeth may have been first cousins, or they may have been fourth cousins. All we know for sure is that they were kin.

I made myself this genealogy tree:

I find that Jesus indeed was cousin of John the Baptist.

1:56 Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her house.

this fact is one base on which many speculates that Jesus was born in September

Pope Francis focused on the humility of Mary. The adjective Humble comes from Latin humus “earth,” God God rewards humility, not richdom, knowledge, and big mouths.



How difficult isn’t it to be humble especially when one humiliates you. Pope Francis made me think about this. Next time I am humiliated, I must do my best to control myself. The reading of today made me update

With his speech I got to know about Pope Lucianis speech that got me back on my thoughts why God is depicted as a man.


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Monica Naranjo

is there a more powerful voice around than this SINCE 92, Mexican singer Monica Naranjo?

Lookin at my hearing Cathegory posts (look for hearing under the menu option above) I decided that Monica Naranjo was missing.

I especcially like Sobrevivré (I will survive)

Solo le pido a Dios

Looking back in my music library I found Mercedes Sosa “Solo le pido a Dios”



Solo le pido a Dios

Que el dolor no me sea indiferente,

Que la reseca Muerte no me encuentre
Vacia y sola sin haber hecho lo suficiente.

Solo le pido a Dios
Que lo injusto no me sea indiferente,
Que no me abofeteen la otra mejilla
Despues que una garra me araño esta suerte.

Solo le pido a Dios
Que la guerra no me sea indiferente,
Es un monstruo grande y pisa fuerte
Toda la pobre inocencia de la gente.

solo de Armonica

Solo le pido a Dios
Que el engaño no me sea indiferente
Si un traidor puede mas que unos cuantos,
Que esos cantos no lo olviden facilmente.

Solo le pido a Dios
Que el futuro no me sea indiferente,
Desahuciado esta el que tiene que marchar
A vivir una cultura diferente.

Un lungo viaggio

Ogni visita al negozio di frutta e verdura a Lipari é un’angoscia. Un poco di insalata, due mele, 5 € grazie… Nonostante i problemi economici delle mie permanenze in Italia, la vita li é un lusso me ne ritorno in Svezia con animo triste. Un conforto però ce l’ho perchè qui posso permettermi di fare scorpacciate di frutta italiana, macedonie, succhi di frutta…

Pesche di Verona a 1.80 €Uva pugliese a 2.10 €

A proposito di musica e ragazzi con grande talento, due post indietro ho scritto alcune righe su Sungha Jun. Mio nipote propone adesso questo video:

Sungha Jung, un grande talento

At the RaiArt Concert 1

Cercando musica di Astor Piazzola mi sono trovato questo ragazzo coreano di dodici (12!) anni suonare Libertango.


Impressionante. Certamente lo conoscerete già tutti da tempo che questo video é stato registrato nel 2007. Comunque non posso fare a meno di mettere un post su di lui qui.

La sua pagina su Myspace ( é pure da vedere. Guardate la lista di amici che tiene.

“In a Funk, Italy Sings an Aria of Disappointment”

On Santa Lucia day, New York Times published an article with the same title. It contains a video telling about the events of this autumn starting with the V-day. Click here…

Napolitano went to the office of New York Times Editor to complain. He told in other words that the journalist must be blind that only sees shades. “A journalist with eyes sees also the light“. Click here…

According to the italian financial  newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore” (sponsorized by the government, as most Italian newspapers are.) Napolitano sayd that what was said in NYT about Italy is idiocy. Click here…

But the voice of Napolitano is not the only one. Other politicians, like Veltroni, agree with the article of NYT.

Jake Shimabukuro’s Ukulele

It's strange the feelings you can get from musical performances. Music even without text, is a very deep way of comunicating and sharing feelings. One of my young students, Nermin, shared me tonight on MSN, the name Jake Shimabukuro. After a huge amount of work and miles of depressing blogs about mafia , corrupted politicians and shit (sorry friends about that), this was very welcome:


Nessun dorma!

Ormai lo sapranno tutti chi è Paul Potts con le 1 760 000 pagine che parlano di lui online. Ma a me sto personaggio mi era proprio scappato fino a che un compagno di lavoro, Lars me ne parlò oggi.

Non so quante ore avrò  ascoltato Pavarotti e Bocelli, ma in questi ultimi tempi ero curioso di conoscere altre voci. Un mio amico italiano mi ha parlato di Mario del Monaco che secondo lui era molto più grande di Pavarotti, Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Joséé Carreras e tanti altri tenori insieme. Insomma Mario del Monaco è secondo lui il più grande tenore di tutti i tempi. Cerca e ricerca, ma non sono finora riuscito a trovare musica di questo tenore italiano online.

Invece oggi grazie al mio amico, trovo Paul Potts un cantante amatore (!), cantare “Nessun dorma” in questo video (visto più di 12 milioni di volte!)

Paul Potts vinse la gara in Inghilterra in giugno, da vedersi in diversi filmati da scaricare su Youtube. La storia dietro questo Paul e il canto di questo uomo, mi ha fatto venire i brividi e quasi piangere. Bocelli e Pavarotti non mi hanno mai commosso cosi.

Guarda caso, stasera trovo pure Mario del Monaco in Youtube e con la stessa canzone. “Nessun dorma!” È ovvio che la voce di Mario del Monaco è matura, limpida, professionale, da grandissimo tenore. Ma i brividi li sento ascoltando Paul Potts. Se riuscirò ad affrontare questa nuova vita di ribalta, cosa diventerà mai Paul fra un pò di anni di canto e esperienza?

Mario del Monaco

Luciano Pavarotti

Andrea Bocelli