Category Archives: Jesus

Jesus on the mountain

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INTRODUCTION

February 28, 2021 Mark 9,2-10 is read. Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John, and brought them up onto a high mountain privately by themselves, and he was changed into another form in front of them.

 

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from www.vatican.va
Gospel texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mark 9,2-10 says:

9:2 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John, and brought them up onto a high mountain privately by themselves, and he was changed into another form in front of them. 9:3 His clothing became glistening, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. 9:4Elijah and Moses appeared to them, and they were talking with Jesus. 9:5 Peter answered Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let’s make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 9:6 For he didn’t know what to say, for they were very afraid. 9:7 A cloud came, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” 9:8 Suddenly looking around, they saw no one with them any more, except Jesus only. 9:9 As they were coming down from the mountain, he commanded them that they should tell no one what things they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 9:10 They kept this saying to themselves, questioning what the “rising from the dead” meant

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The message

Matthew 17:2, Mark 9:7; Luke 9:28-29, Matthew 17:2, Mark 9:2, Luke describe the transfiguration.

Mark 9:2 says:
He (ed. Jesus) was changed into another form in front of them.

In greek Mark writes:

metemorphōthē
μετεμορφώθη

The same word is used in Matthew 17:2

Matthew 17:2 says:
17:2He was transfigured before them.

Luke 9:28-29 describes this transfiguration in a different way. he says:
he took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up onto the mountain to pray. 9:29As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became white and dazzling

Pope Francis has as usual his very special interpretation:

 

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Jesus loved silence.

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INTRODUCTION

February 21, 2021 Mark 1,12-15 is read. Jesus went to the desert. Noone was with him. How could anyone tell about the experiences of Jesus had in the desert? Did Jesus told thereafter about his victorious fight with the devil. I am doubtful. Jesus was not  a bragger.
Mark is however not sharing all the fantastic details shared by the other evangelists.

I like the interpretation of the text made by Pope Francis.

 

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from www.vatican.va
Gospel texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mark 1,12-15 says:

1:12 Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness.
1:13 He was there in the wilderness forty days tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals; and the angels were serving him.
1:14 Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom of God,
1:15 and saying,“The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent,and believe in the Good News.”

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The message

A Italian nun saif that “Desert” in Hebrew is מִדבָּר “debir”. This word is very similar to “dabar. I have not been able to confirm that.

I like the interpretation of Pope Francis.

 

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conclusion

Pope Francis emphasizes the value of solitude and silence. A opportunity to talk with God. I would add that it is an opportunity to talk with anyone, God, Jesus, Mary, Joseph or friends and relative who have left their bodies on earth. We must not be afraid to listen to our inner voice. We have an innate capacity to distinguish between evil and good voices and choose to follow Jesus commandments of love.


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Do not stigmatize and brag

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INTRODUCTION

February 14, 2021 —Lv 13,1-2.45-46 and Mc 1,40-45 are read. Jesus does not want a man tell about his being cured of leprosy. I learned about leprosy how these people were stigmatized and how important it is to not stigmatize and brag.
It is sad to see that the Vatican does not allow deaf people to follow the message of the Pope in his Angelus. The Vatican isolates deaf people like the Jews once did with people with leprosy.

This Sunday I could not record Pope Francis Angelus. My browser freezed. I looked for his speech in the Vatican channel. to record it from there to add subtitles. But they have made it impossible to add subtitles having a speaker talking English over the Popes Italian speech.
The Vatican seems to have no interest at all, helping deaf people, to follow the Angelus. it is a very egoistic and hypocritical attitude.

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from www.vatican.va
Gospel texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Lv 13,45-46 says:

The LORD spoke to Moses and said, “Consecrate to me every first-born that opens the womb among the Israelites, both of man and beast, for it belongs to me.”
40 “When a man loses the hair of his head, he is not unclean merely because of his bald crown.
41 So too, if he loses the hair on the front of his head, he is not unclean merely because of his bald forehead.
42 But when there is a pink sore on his bald crown or bald forehead, it is leprosy that is breaking out there.
43 The priest shall examine him; and if the scab on the sore of the bald spot has the same pink appearance as that of skin leprosy of the fleshy part of the body,
44 the man is leprous and unclean, and the priest shall declare him unclean by reason of the sore on his head.
45 “The one who bears the sore of leprosy shall keep his garments rent and his head bare, and shall muffle his beard; he shall cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean!’

and Mc 1,40-45 says:

1:40 A leper came to him, begging him, kneeling down to him, and saying to him, “If you want to, you can make me clean.”
1:41 Being moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, and touched him, and said to him, “I want to. Be made clean.”
1:42 When he had said this, immediately leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean.
1:43 He strictly warned him, and immediately sent him out, 1:44 and said to him, “See you say nothing to anybody, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.”
1:45 But he went out, and began to proclaim it much, and to spread about the matter, so that Jesus could no more openly enter into a city, but was outside in desert places: and they came to him from everywhere.

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The message

Leviticus 13:44 the man is leprous and unclean, and the priest shall declare him unclean by reason of the sore on his head.
13:45 “The one who bears the sore of leprosy shall keep his garments rent and his head bare, and shall muffle his beard; he shall cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean!’ 
At Jesus time a man with leprosy was regarded as unclean. Despite this, Leprosy spread anyway,

Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease (HD), is a long-term infection by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae or Mycobacterium lepromatosis. Infection can lead to damage of the nerves, respiratory tract, skin, and eyes. This nerve damage may result in a lack of ability to feel pain, which can lead to the loss of parts of a person’s extremities from repeated injuries or infection due to unnoticed wounds… The Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine offers a variable amount of protection against leprosy…
Efforts to reduce discrimination and improve the stigma surrounding leprosy may help improve outcomes for people with leprosy.( Wiki )

1:41 Being moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, and touched him, and said to him, “I want to. Be made clean.”

Jesus made something important to reduce discrimination of people with leprosy that following Leviticus isolated these.

About Jesus miracle

I wonder how Jesus or God could make the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae or Mycobacterium lepromatosis die and disappear as well as repairing the damaged nerves and skin and maybe give lost extremities like fingers back.

I am doubtful about these incredible and distracting stories. That Jesus maybe made miracles is not the most important fact about Jesus. The most important is Jesus’ teaching.
Here we learn that we must not discriminate, stigmatize people and boast about our own success and achievements.

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God make miracles with Jesus and have us get NDE.

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INTRODUCTION

Today Sunday, February 7, 2021, Job 7,1-4.6-7 and Marc 1,29-39 are read. “Jesus went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught.” As Pope Francis said today during his Angelus in Rome “If we are to be superior to our next so it is by helping suffering people” like Jesus did.

The text of Job made me think about life after death as witnessed by many who had NDE. NDE that the Catholic church never talks about despite nuns never visit their dead sisters at their graves.

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The text

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from http://www.vatican.va
Gospel texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Job 7:7 says:

6. My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle;
they come to an end without hope.

7. Remember that my life is like the wind; I shall not see happiness again.

Marc 1,29-39 says: 

1:21 They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught.
1:22 They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.
1:23 Immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out,
1:24 saying, “Ha! What do we have to do with you, Jesus, you Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!”
1:25 Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”
1:26 The unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.
1:27 They were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching? For with authority, he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!”
1:28 The report of him went out immediately everywhere into all the region of Galilee and its surrounding area.
1:29 Immediately, when they had come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

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The message

Job 7:7 says:

6. My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle;
they come to an end without hope.

7. Remember that my life is like the wind; I shall not see happiness again.

Job did not know about NDE experiences.  I wrote before about NDE in http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2020/11/04/9390/

All testimonies about NDE from Dr Ross Kubler to Bruce Greyson, prof emeritus, Division at perceptual studies, Psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences, tell that life does not end with death.

Jesus said about according to Matthew 9:24
 “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.”
They laugh at him and many still do today when they hear about NDE.

I have not had NDE but I feel that those of mine, my mother, father, and friends who died, are not far away. I feel to have them with me like the NDE witnesses met people and saw what hospital rescue personnel did with their bodies during brain and heart arrest.

Like Greyson said “NDE experiences challenges the idea that our consciousness, our minds are created by the brain”

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conclusion

As NDE are well documented as well as unexplainable, so could some of Jesus’ miracles be true,  Jesus did not want to make miracles but he for sure knew the effect of these in the spreading of his kerygma in the Roman empire around the Mediterranean sea. With this in mind, God may have contributed.
I presume that it is God that make these miracles with Jesus’ request and prayer somewhat how Muslims say.


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Age brings wisdom

I listened to a 99-year-old man who survived the Holocaust. An amazing speech.

He said among others:

“Hate is a disease. which may destroy your enemy, but will also destroy you in the process.” 
 
“Please do not walk in front of me –
I may not be able to follow.
Please do not walk behind me –
I may not be able to lead.
Just walk beside me
and be my friend.”
 
“Happiness does not fall from the sky. It’s in your hands.
If you’re healthy and happy, you’re a millionaire.”
 

Jesus teached with authority

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INTRODUCTION

Today January 31, 2021, Mc 1,21-28  is read. It’s about how Jesus teached.

 

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf ). Lesus teaches in the synagogue in CApjharnaum with authory

Mc 1,21-28 says:

1:21 They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath day  he entered into the synagogue and taught.
1:22 They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.
1:23 Immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out,
1:2 4 saying, “Ha! What do we have to do with you, Jesus, you Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!”
1:25 Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”
1:26 The unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.
1:27 They were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching? For with authority, he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!”
1:28 The report of him went out immediately everywhere into all the region of Galilee and its surrounding area.

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The message

 

www.stepstudyteach.com talks quite well with this issue. It  says among others:

“!It was often said of Jesus that he taught with something unique – authority” 

 
Jesus talked once about his teaching.
In John 12:49-50  we read:
2:49 For I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. ”
This may reveal the authority in his teaching.

Jesus was a great teacher and as I believe, God is a divine teacher talking with the language of its “students”. So did Jesus. Jesus wanted them to understand.

As a teacher, this text makes me think about my own teaching.
How did I teach? I did not teach with a  severe voice.
I also wanted my students to understand.
I asked them to answer a few questions after each lesson, to know if my message came to them. This was done in a so-called “exit work”. When they compiled that paper, a kind of form with questions and space for answers, they could leave the classroom.
. I liked to see my students happy and sometimes also laugh. I liked them to be active, answering questions and opinions. I invited also the students who had difficulties learning, to share their views.
One of these students once surprised me with astonishing good answers. He became so proud that the whole class listened to him and developed his thoughts.
I hope that some of what i taught remained in their memories.
 talked many years ago with a old teacher. She siad “I am happy if  just one student has listen to me.”
I went to town once with a class. I sat with a student and talked with him. He told me that with my lessons he sees life with new eyes giving me a few examples of how he e.g.  looked at trees. He made me happy and I remembered what the old teacher once said. “I am happy if just one student has listened to me.”

Jesus had 12 “students” who listened to him and even spread his teaching around the Mediterranean.

I would be disappointed if they listened to him only because he made miracles.
Jesus  maybe showed authority not by raising fingers and loud, severe voice,
I can not compare myself with him. I was a human Science teacher. with no entanglement to God, like a Prophet or Jesus.

But I think that we teacher should think about what “Teaching with authority is” if we want one to listen to and learn from us.

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conclusion

The reading of Mark today is not only  a teaching about Jesus but also a moment to reflect on how we guide our youth and next, as neighbors, friends, fathers and teachers. 

I believe that we gain authority by trying to be in harmony with yourself and calm and looking at and  listening to those who you’re talking to. Like Jesus must have been. And of course, you must love your students. I failed with that some of my last lessons.

It is not easy to be a good teacher but we must do our best. Following Jesus commandments is a good teaching strategy.


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Jesus first disciples

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INTRODUCTION

Today,  Sunday January 17 John 1,35-42 is read.  It is about Jesus and his first encounter with Simon, (Peter), his brother Andrew and Philip

 

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The text

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

John 1,35-42 says:

1:35 Again, the next day, John (ed. the Baptist) was standing with two of his disciples,
1:36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

1:37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
1:38 Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi”  where are you staying?”
1:39  He said to them, “Come, and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour.
1:40 One of the two who heard John, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
1:41 He first found his own brother, Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which is, being interpreted, Christe ).
1:42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is by interpretation, Peter).
1:43 On the next day, he was determined to go out into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
1:44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.
1:45 Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

Footnotes

1:39 4:00 PM.
1:41 “Messiah” (Hebrew) and “Christ” (Greek) both mean “Anointed One”.

 

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30 years of invisibility

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INTRODUCTION

Today Sunday, January 20,  Mc 1,7-11  is read. It’s about the baptism of Jesus.

His Baptism was also celebrated in the john the Baptist Franciscan church at Qasr_al-Yahud on the Jordan river.
( Image source: Repubblica. 20200111 )

After 30 years of invisibility, Jesus appears as an adult on the river of Jordan to get baptized by John.

( Image source: Repubblica. 20200111 )

The Gospels are filled with extraordinary sparkling stories, partly inspired by the story of Moses. John avoids for some reason to talk about these 30 years and start his Gospel with the baptism of Jesus. Johns’s tradition probably thought these stories to be without importance and maybe also unreliable despite three others wrote about these years.
I wrote about Jesus first years in several posts:

Jesus talked several times about the book of Jeremiah (Matthew 2:17,27:9) and Isaiah (Mark 7:6, Luke 3.3-4, 4:17, Matthew 4:14, 8:17, 12:17, 13:14, 15:7, John 1:23, 12:38, 12:41, Acts 8.28, 28.25).
He is believed to be God incarnated. But I can not imagine Jesus to having played all his time doing childish miracles with clay or just worked with timber with his father.
he was a Jew and as such he must have attended Torah education.
Luke 2:46 tells that Mary and Joseph” … found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.” This story seems reasonable for a young boy interested in religious issues.
What were his thoughts as a young boy and teenager about the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah? He must have talked about them with his father Joseph and mother Mary.

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The text

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

Mc 1,7-11  says:

1:1 The beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you. (a)
1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord! Make his paths straight!’” (b) 
1:4 John came baptizing (c) in the wilderness and preaching the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
1:5 All the country of Judea and all those of Jerusalem went out to him. They were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
1:6 John was clothed with camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
1:7 He preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loosen

Footnotes

  •  a 1:2 Malachi 3:1
  • b 1:3 Isaiah 40:3
  • c 1:4 or, immersing

 

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The message

Understanding Jesus requires some understanding of the Jewish culture and believes. I think it is interesting to listen to Joe Amaral in this video:

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Logos, the word, the verb became flesh

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INTRODUCTION

Tomorrow Sunday January 3 Gv 1,1-18 is read. It’s about the beginning of John’s Gospel.
This part inspired me to write “in the beginning there was a plan” in my Genesis 2000, a plan made together with the soul of Jesus.

Pope Francis in his Angelus (see below) deepened the value and meaning of John’s Gospel verses.

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The text

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

Gv 1,1-18 says:

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
1:3 All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.
1:4 In him was life, the life was the light of men. 
1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it. (a)
1:6 There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.
1:7 The same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through him.
1:8 He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light.
1:9 The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn’t recognize him.
1:11 He came to his own, and those who were his own didn’t receive him.
1:12 But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name:
1:13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1:14 The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
1:15 John testified about him. He cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.’”
1:16 From his fullness we all received grace upon grace.
1:17 For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, (b) who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him

Footnotes:

  • a 1:5 The word translated “overcome” (katelaben) can also be translated “comprehended.” It refers to getting a grip on an enemy to defeat him.
  • b 1:18 NU reads “God”

 

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The message

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
1:3 All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.
1:4 In him was life, the life was the light of men. 
1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it.

The word that John used was Logos
Λόγος. in Italian and Spanish it is translated to “verb”. In Swedish and English it is translated to “ord” / “Word”. Logos when Luke 4:32 uses it, it is translated to “message”. I like the greek version (“logos” as well as the Italian/Spanish translation “Verbo” as it indicates action. God is action.

This part of John is profound and mysterious at the same time. As I said in my introduction, these verses inspired me to write “in the beginning there was a plan” in my Genesis 2000

The rest seems to be obvious telling about John and describing Jesus as the Word in flesh.

But as Pope Francis says in his Angelus (see below) John does not write that  the word became men” but “the word became flesh” . Pope has a intriguing interpretation of the meaning of  “became flesh”

Here is Pope Francis interpretation of Johns first verses:

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conclusions

For me the verses 1.1-1.5 are those who I like the most as they complete/develope the book of Genesis.
The Universe is not created without a plan. And it is not like the creation of a magician.

God is much more than a magician. Math is just one of Gods many languages.

Like a tree is created out of a seed and then grows depending on causality (where the seed landed, how the weather developed, etc.). So the Universe is created and let evolve according to rules, equations and tensors, we hardly understand with our limited brain. 

But many who does not know math, think that causality is the same as caos or like Einstein said “Playing dice”. they do not understand that causality has its very special probabilistic rules.

with big computers we can calculate the coming weather. But there are no and probably never will exist, computers that can compete with this superior being we call God, Allah etc.

I like pope Francis interpretation of “and the word became flesh.“. God does not need to sit on a trone like humans, showing up an image of power like Muslims wants Allah to be. God has no problem showing up  and be like the weakest, the poorest.

“In the smallest, the last and poorest, there is God”

Human beings are very good in harming others but weak in their souls, screaming for the least of pains.

The interpretation of the “Word” is also important. Words imply dialog. God talks to all of us, if we listen carefully. But dialog requires EQ, empathy. God is the one that has the highest EQ and IQ.


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