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Do not exclude nor discriminate

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INTRODUCTION

At Catholic Mass,  Sunday 26, 2021, Mark 9,38-43.45.47-48 is read. The disciples said to Jesus  “we saw someone who doesn’t follow us casting out demons in your name

Jesus answered that we must not harm those who believe in him, if we do this we will be punished severely.

What happened to all those who took part in the inquisition killing Christians?
I believe that in their afterlife, they could not shut their eyes nor tap their ears anymore, for the horrible pain their victims felt. God has to be merciful with them.

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from 
https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/_INDEX.HTM
Gospel texts below are copied from christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mark 9,38–48.

9:38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone who doesn’t follow us casting out demons in your name; and we forbade him, because he doesn’t follow us.”
9:39 But Jesus said, “Don’t forbid him, for there is no one who will do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me.
9:40 For whoever is not against us is on our side.
9:41 For whoever will give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you are Christ’s, most certainly I tell you, he will in no way lose his reward.
9:42 Whoever will cause one
of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if he were thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around his neck.
9:43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having your two hands to go into Gehenna,u into the unquenchable fire,
9:44 ‘where their worm doesn’t die, and the fire is not quenched.’
9:45 If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life lame, rather than having your two feet to be cast into
Gehenna,v into the fire that will never be quenched—
9:46 ‘where their worm doesn’t die, and the fire is not quenched.’
9:47 If your eye causes you to stumble, cast it out. It is better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the Gehenna of fire,
9:48 ‘where their worm doesn’t die, and the fire is not quenched.’

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The message

The pope focused on his Angelus today, on the exclusion many humans still practice among others with refugees.

The pope said (English needs to be corrected):

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning.

the gospel of today’s liturgy narrates that along the way to Jerusalem  
Jesus’ disciples argued about who among them was the greatest.  
Then Jesus addressed a strong phrase to them that is also valid for us today. “If anyone wants to be first, let him be last of all and servant of all. If you want to be the first must go to the queue be the last and serve everyone”.
By means of this lapidary phrase, the Lord inaugurates a reversal. He reverses the criteria  that marks what really matters. The value of a person no longer depends on the role he holds,  from the success he has, from the work he does, from the money in the bank. No, it doesn’t depend on that. There  greatness and success in the eyes of God have a different method. They are measured on service. Do not  I am what you have but on what you give. You want to excel, you serve. This is the way.
Today, the word service appears a bit faded, worn out by use. But  
in the Gospel it has a precise and concrete meaning. Serving is not an expression  
courtesy. It is to do like Jesus, who summarizing his life in a few words,  
he said he came not to be served but to serve. So said the Lord. So,  
if we want to follow Jesus, we must follow the path that he himself traced.
The way of service. Our loyalty to the Lord depends on our willingness to serve.
Of this, we know it costs. This often costs because it tastes of the cross but as they grow the care and  
availability towards others, we become freer within, more like Jesus. The more we serve,  
the more we feel the presence of God especially when we know who does not have to give us back,  
Poors. embracing the difficulties you need with tender compassion. And there  
we discover that we are in turn loved, embraced to God.
Jesus. To illustrate this, after speaking of the primacy,  
the service, makes a gesture.
We have seen that Jesus’ gestures are stronger than the words he uses and what is the gesture? Takes  
a child and places him among the disciples, in the center, in the most important place. The child in the  
gospel does not symbolize so much innocence as littleness, because the little ones like children  
they depend on others, on the great ones. They need to receive. Jesus embraces that child and says  
that whoever welcomes a small child welcomes him. Here, first of all who to serve? how many need  
to receive and do not have to return. to serve those who need to receive and do not have  
to be returned. Welcoming those who are on the edge, those who are neglected, we welcome Jesus because he is  
it is there in a little one, in a poor man whom we serve, we too receive the tender embrace of God.
Dear brothers and sisters. Asked by the gospel, let’s ask ourselves some questions. I who follow Jesus,  
I’m interested in who is most neglected? Or like the disciples that day, I go in search of  
personal gratifications? I understand life as a competition to make room for it at the expense  
of others or I believe that to excel means to serve. And concretely I dedicate time to some  
baby, to a person who doesn’t have the means to reciprocate? I’m dealing with someone who can’t  
give me back or just my relatives and friends? There are questions we can ask ourselves. The virgin Mary  
humble, servant of the lord, help us to understand that serving does not diminish us but makes us grow  
and that there is more joy in giving than in receiving. Angelus domini …”

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I love Spinoza’s God

Like Einstein once said

“I believe in Spinoza’s God, Who reveals Himself
in the orderly  harmony of what exists”
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Read more about Einstein here

According to deGrasse Tyson in the “Cosmos”, a National Geographics doc, Spinoza (min 29) said: “God is best apprehended in the study of  the laws of Nature.”

Einsein probably read Spinoza’s Ethics and 

 maybe also Paul’s sentence in ROMANS 1:20:

“Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. ”

 Spinoza inspired many and also me for some time, to believe in a pantheistic view of the Universe.

Noone knows God.

So everyone should be free to get its own view of God. What important is, is to follow Jesus’ commandments, to love each other, even your enemies. 

About loving God

How could you say that you love God if you do not love and care about God’s creation?

I obviously, therefore do not agree with this sentence:

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” 1 John 2:15

Studying the book of nature and the books of religions
 
God , being above all humans intellect and, does not discriminate. God have talked to all humans, so I read all kind of religious books but letting my brain choose what I believe are real words of God.
 

The first shall be servant to all.

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INTRODUCTION

At Catholic Mass,  September 19 Mark 9,30-37 is read. Jesus tells that the last on earth shall be first for God. The Catholic church never wanted these words to be spread. I wonder what the Pope Francis, will say about this today at his Angelus.

INDEX

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from 
https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/_INDEX.HTM
Gospel texts below are copied from christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mark 9,30-37 says:

9:30They went out from there, and passed through Galilee. He didn’t want anyone to know it.
9:31 For he was teaching his
disciples, and said to them, “The Son of Man is being handed over to the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, on the third day he will rise again.”
9:32 But they didn’t understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.
9:33 He came to Capernaum, and when he
was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing among yourselves on the way?”
9:34 But they were silent, for they had disputed one with another on the way
about who was the greatest.
9:35 He sat down, and called the twelve and he said to them, “If any man wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.”
9:36 He took a little child, and set
him in their midst. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,
9:37 “Whoever receives one
such little child in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me, doesn’t receive me, but him who sent me.”

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The message

9:35 He sat down, and called the twelve;
and he said to them, “If any man wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.”
9:36 He took a little child, and set
him in their midst. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,
9:37 “Whoever receives one
such little child in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me, doesn’t receive me, but him who sent me. Pope Francis said that the children in the text symbolize the weak humans who need our help. Listen below.

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conclusion

Like it is hard to follow Jesus’ commandments (love your enemy, etc) so it is to be last on earth. Many clerics had great difficulties during the last millenia, following Jesus. They even could not follow Moses’ “do not kill” during the first centennia.

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do not honor me with your lips

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INTRODUCTION

At Catholic Mass, Mark 7,1-8.14-15.21-23 is read

INDEX

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from 
https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/_INDEX.HTM
Gospel texts below are copied from christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mark 7,1-8.14-15.21-23 says:

7:1 Then the Pharisees, and some of the scribes gathered together to him, having come from Jerusalem.
7:2 Now when they
saw some of his disciples eating bread with
defiled, that is, unwashed, hands, they found fault.
7:3 (For the Pharisees, and all
the Jews, don’t eat unless they wash their
hands and forearms, holding to the tradition of the elders.
7:4 They don’t eat when
they come from the marketplace, unless
they bathe themselves, and there are many other things, which they have received to hold to: washings of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and couches.)
7:5 The Pharisees and
the scribes asked him, “Why don’t your
disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with unwashed hands?”
7:6 He answered them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7:7 But in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
7:8 “For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men-the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things.”
7:9 He said to them, “Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
7:10 For Moses said,
‘Honor your father and your mother;’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.’
7:11 But
you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corbanr, that is to say, given to God”;’
7:12 then you no longer
allow him to do anything for his father or his mother,
7:13 making void the word
of God by your tradition, which you have
handed down. You do many things like this.”
7:14 He called all the multitude to himself, and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand.
7:15 There is nothing
from outside of the man, that going into
him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man.
7:16 If anyone has ears to
hear, let him hear!”
7:17 When he had entered into a house away from the multitude, his disciples asked him about the parable.
7:18 He said
to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Don’t you perceive that whatever goes into the man from outside can’t defile him,
7:19 because it doesn’t
go into his heart, but into his stomach,
then into the latrine, thus purifying all foods
?” 7:20 He said, “That which proceeds out of the man, that defiles the man.
7:21 For from within, out of the hearts of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries,  sexual sins, murders, thefts,
7:22 covetings,
wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.
7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

Footnotes

7:7 Isaiah 29:13
7:10 Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16

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Jesus, bread for our souls

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INTRODUCTION

At Catholic Mass, John 6,41-51 is read. Jesus said that he is the bread of life and he will give us eternal life. The meaning of thirst and hunger is developed further.

INDEX

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from 
https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/_INDEX.HTM
Gospel texts below are copied from christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

John 6,41-51 says:

6:41 The Jews, therefore, murmured concerning him, because he said, “I am the bread which came down out of heaven.”
6:42 They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then does he say, ‘I have come down out of heaven?’”
6:43 Therefore Jesus answered them, “Don’t murmur among yourselves.
6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.
6:45 It is written in the prophets, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who hears from the Father, and has learned, comes to me.
6:46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father.
6:47 Most certainly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life. 6:48 I am the bread of life.
6:49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
6:50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.
6:51 I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Footnotes

6:45 Isaiah 54:13

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The message

6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.

6:47 Most certainly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life. 6:48 I am the bread of life.

I wrote in my previous Sunday post that Jesus with “thirsty” and “hungry” could have referred to thirst and hunger of love and friendship. This part makes me wonder again.

Eternal life

What does Jesus mean by “eternal life”?
I wonder if he meant “eternal earthly life” 

Having a eternal life on earth for billions of humans means no death and therefore no place for children taking over, the beings he loved.

Life

There are different types of lives:

  • Spiritual life
  • Bodily life
  • Life her on earth
  • life after our death

Pope Francis said: “Only Jesus gives eternal life when life down here ends”

Pope Francis talked about a life after our death in the Angelus and the value of Jesus in our daily lives.

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Pope Francis about faith and human relations

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INTRODUCTION

At Catholic Mass, Sunday August 1, John 6,24-35 was read.

Pope Francis shared his interpretation of John 6,24-35 at his Angelus.
He focused on Jesus’ message about why the people came to him.

I liked his interpretation so much that I decided to share his speech with a separate post.
You can listen at his speech on https://youtu.be/-vQjcadTBLM

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Pope Francis  speech

ITALIAN ENGLISH
Cari fratelli e sorelle, Buongiorno.

La scena iniziale del vangelo nella liturgia odierna, ci presenta alcune barche in movimento verso Cafarnao. La folla sta andando a cercare Gesù. Potremmo pensare che sia una cosa molto buona, eppure il vangelo ci insegna che non basta cercare Dio.

Bisogna anche chiedersi il motivo per cui lo si cerca.

Infatti Gesù afferma “voi mi cercate non perché avete visto dei segni ma perché avete mangiato di quei pani, che vi siete saziati.


La gente infatti aveva assistito al prodigio della moltiplicazione dei pani ma non aveva accolto il significato di quel gesto.

Si era fermata al miracolo esteriore.  Si era fermata al pane materiale, soltanto lì, senza andare oltre al significato di questo.

Ecco allora una prima domanda che possiamo farci tutti noi.
Perché cerchiamo il signore?
Perché cerco io il  signore?

Quali sono le motivazioni della mia fede, della nostra fede? 

tentazione idolatrica. 

Abbiamo bisogno di  discernere questo perché tra le tante tentazioni che noi abbiamo nella vita,  tra le tante tentazioni, ce n’è una che potremmo chiamare tentazione idolatrica. 
E’ quella che ci spinge a cercare Dio, a nostro uso e consumo, per risolvere i problemi, per avere grazie a lui quello che da soli non riusciamo a ottenere per interesse.

fede  miracolistica 3 immatura
Ma in questo modo,  la fede rimane superficiale e anche mi permetto la parola, la fede rimane  miracolistica. 

Cerchiamo Dio per sfamarci e poi ci dimentichiamo di lui  quando siamo sazi.

al centro di questa fede immatura, non c’è Dio. Ci sono i nostri bisogni. Pensa ai nostri  interessi, tante cose. 

 una relazione di amore con Dio e Gesù.

E’ giusto presentare al cuore di Dio,  le nostre necessità. Ma il signore che agisce ben oltre le nostre attese, desidera vivere con noi anzitutto una relazione di amore.

E l’amore vero è desinteressato, è gratuito. 

Non si ama per ricevere un favore in cambio. Questo interesse è tante volte nella vita, noi siamo interessati. 

Ci può aiutare una seconda domanda, quella che la folla rivolge a Gesù.  
“Che cosa dobbiamo fare per compiere le opere  di Dio?”

E’ come se la gente provocata da Gesù, dicesse:  “Ma come fare per purificare la nostra ricerca di Dio?” 
Come passare da una fede magica che pensa solo ai propri bisogni, alla fede che piace a  Dio ?

E Gesù indica la strada. Risponde che l’opera  di Dio è accogliere colui che il padre ha mandato, cioè accogliere lui stesso, Gesù. 

Non è aggiungere pratiche religiose, osservare speciali precetti. 

E’ accogliere  Gesù. E’  accoglierlo nella vita.  E vivere una storia di amore con Gesù.
Sarà lui a purificare la nostra fede. Da soli non siamo in grado.Ma il signore desidera con no un rapporto d’amore.
Prima delle cose  che riceviamo e facciamo, c’è lui da amare. 

C’è una relazione con lui che va oltre le logiche dell’interesse e del calcolo.

Questo vale nei riguardi di Dio. 

 

relazioni umane e sociali.

Ma anche vale nelle nostre relazioni umane e sociali. Quando cerchiamo soprattutto il soddisfacimento dei nostri bisogni, rischiamo di usare le persone e di strumentalizzare le situazioni per i nostri scopi.

Quante volte abbiamo sentito  da una persona“Ma questo usa la gente e poi si dimentica” Usare le persone al proprio profitto.  E’ brutto questo.
E’ una società che mette al centro gli interessi invece delle persone. E’  una società che non genera vita. 

L’invito del vangelo è questo:  

Piuttosto che essere preoccupati soltanto dal pane materiale che ci sfama, accogliamo Gesù come il pane della vita. E a partire dalla nostra amicizia con lui,

 impariamo ad amarci tra di noi,  con gratuità e senza calcoli.  Amore gratuito e senza calcoli, senza usare la gente, con gratuità, con generosità, con magnanimità.

 

Preghiamo ora la vergine santa, colei che ha vissuto la più bella storia d’amore con Dio perché ci doni la grazia di aprirci all’incontro con il suo figlio.

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. 
The opening scene of the gospel in today’s liturgy,  
he introduces us to some boats moving towards Capernaum. 
 
The crowd is going to  
seek Jesus. We may think it is a very good thing, yet the gospel  
it teaches us that it is not enough to seek God. We must also ask ourselves why we seek him.
 
In fact, Jesus affirms “you are looking for me not because you have seen   signs but because you ate those loaves, which you satiated “
 
In fact, the people had witnessed the prodigy of the multiplication of the loaves but had not  accepted the meaning of that gesture. 
 
They stopped at the outward miracle.  It stopped to material bread, only there, without going beyond the meaning of this.

T
hen a first question that we can all ask ourselves. 
Why are we looking for the lord?
Why I’m looking for the  Lord?What are the reasons for my faith, our faith? 

 
Idolatric tentation

We need to
discern this because among the many temptations we have in life,   among the many temptations, there is one that we could call idolatrous temptation. 
 
It is what urges us to seek God, for our own use and consumption, to solve problems,  to have, thanks to him, what we alone cannot obtain out of interest.
 
Miracolistics and immature faith
But in this way the faith remains superficial that even I allow myself the word, the faith remains  
miraculous. 
 
We look for God to feed us and then we forget about him when we are full of food.
 
at the center of this immature faith, there is no God. There are our needs. Think of our interests, many things. 
 
A relation of love with God and Jesus

It is right to present our needs to the heart of God, But the Lord  
who acts well beyond our expectations, wishes to live with us above all, a relationship of love.
 
A
nd true, selfless love is free. 
One does not love to receive a favor in return. This

interest is so many times in life. We are interested. 

 
 
A second question can help us,  
the one that the crowd addresses to Jesus. What must we do to do the works  of God? It is as if the people provoked by Jesus, he said. But how to purify  our search for God? 
How to pass from a magical faith that only thinks about your own needs,  to the faith that pleases God?
 
Jesus points the way. He replies that God’s work is to welcome him 

that the father sent, that is, to welcome Jesus himself. 

 

It is not about adding religious practices, observing special precepts.

It is welcoming  

Jesus. And welcome him into life. It is to live a love story with Jesus.
He will purify our faith. 
Alone we cannot. But the gentleman wishes with us
a love relationship. 

Before the things we receive and do, there is him to love. 

 

There is a relationship with him that goes beyond the logic of interest and calculation.
 
This applies to God 
but it also holds true in our human and social relationships.
Human and social relations
 
When we seek above all the satisfaction of our needs,  
we risk using people and exploiting situations  
for our purposes. How many times have we heard from a person

“But this uses people and then they forget” Use people for their own profit. This is bad. 

It is a society that focuses on interests instead of people it is a society that does not generate life. 

The invitation of the gospel is this:

Rather than being concerned only with the material bread that feeds us, we welcome Jesus as the bread of life. And starting from our friendship with him,

we learn to love each other freely and without calculations. 
Love free and without calculations, without using people, with gratuitousness, with generosity, with magnanimity. 
 
Let’s pray now to the holy virgin the one who lived the most beautiful love story with God because there  
grant us the grace to open ourselves to the encounter with your son.

 

 

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conclusion

Pope Francis surprises me every Sunday, This speech made me look at all those miracle stories with new eyes.

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God – A composer and conductor

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INTRODUCTION

At Catholic Mass,  July 25 John 6,1-15 is read. it is about the sharing of bread miracle. 
After that miracle, the people said “This is truly the prophet who comes into the world.”. There were so many prophets around at Jesus’ time so a miracle was proof for many that this is a sign that this prophet is sent from God.

Jesus said once
according to Matthew 11:15 and Luke 8:21:

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Unless you see signs and wonders,
you will in no way believe.” (according to John 4:48)
An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and there will be no sign given to it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”(according to Matthew 16:4)

I have two questions in this post:

  1. Is there a way to explain this miracle with todays knowledge about physics?
  2. Do you still need miracles to believe in Jesus?

 

INDEX

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from 
https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/_INDEX.HTM
Gospel texts below are copied from christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

.John 6,1-15 says:

6:1 After these things, Jesus went away to the other side of the sea of Galilee, which is also called the Sea of Tiberias.
6:2 A great
multitude followed him because they saw his signs which he did on those who were sick.
6:3 Jesus went up into the mountain.
and he sat there with his disciples.
6:4 Now
the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
6:5 Jesus therefore lifting up his
eyes, and seeing that a great multitude wascoming to him, said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?”
6:6 This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
6:7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may receive a little.”
6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him,
6:9 “There is a
boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many?”
6:10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in that place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
6:11 Jesus took the
loaves, and having given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to those who were sitting down; likewise also of the fish as much as they desired.
6:12 When they were filled, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the broken pieces which are left over, that nothing be lost.”
6:13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten.
6:14 When therefore
the people saw the sign which Jesus did, they said, “This is truly the prophet who comes into the world.”
6:15 Jesus therefore,
perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force, to make him king, withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

I wrote in a separate article about some of the articles

 

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6:13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten.

There are more incredible miracles than this one. The most incredible one was the creation of Jesus with only half of the DNA set (the female set given by Mary) set up. But this miracle story made me review my page about God. As I have learned more about the string theory I decided to leave this rather trivial title with its abused name “Quantum” for a more content-rich title “God- the string orchestra director”

The Pope Francis said The multiplication is not the biggest miracle. The biggest miracle is the sharing of the bread and fish by the boy.

6:9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many?”

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conclusion

Listening to Pope Francis, I understand that our focus reading about the miracles is often wrong. We must look at the underlying message, today, about the sharing of the boy. We must understand the effects of sharing that are miraculous.

I focused anyway on the multiplication miracle and came back thinking about the nature of  God.

Inspired by scene in Mark 04:03:
“Listen! Behold, the farmer went out to sow, and it happened, as he sowed, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and devoured it. Others fell …

I came up with a  new idea of God that can be described by this phrase:

“The gardener  wants the plants to share their beauty, fruits and seeds.”

Gout Read more on my interreligious page about God.

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INTRODUCTION

At Catholic Mass,  Sunday August 1,   John 6,24-35 is read.

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from 
https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/_INDEX.HTM
Gospel texts below are copied from christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

John 6,24-35 says:

6:24 When the multitude, therefore, saw that Jesus wasn’t there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats, and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
6:25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”
6:26 Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.
6:27 Don’t work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him.”
6:28 They said therefore to him, “What must we do, that we may work the works of God?”
6:29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
6:30 They said therefore to him, “What then do you do for a sign, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you do?
6:31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’”
6:32 Jesus, therefore, said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn’t Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.
6:33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”
6:34 They said therefore to him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”
6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

Footnotes

  1. 6:31 Greek and Hebrew use the same word for “heaven”, “the heavens”, “the sky”, and “the air”.
  2. 6:31 Exodus 16:4; Nehemiah 9:15; Psalm 78:24-25

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.6:26 Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.
6:27 Don’t work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him.”

Pope Francis focus on Jesus  answer and shares a very special interpretation:

6:26 Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.

We have to have the motive to search for God. 
Wth “miracoulistic” immature superficial faith that only looks for your own needs, you will not reach God.
A relation of love with God.

This is also important in our personal relations. To use your next for your own purposes and needs. Read transcript below.

Video transcript:

English Italian
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. The opening scene of the gospel in today’s liturgy,  
he introduces us to some boats moving towards Capernaum. 
 
The crowd is going to  
seek Jesus. We may think it is a very good thing, yet the gospel  
it teaches us that it is not enough to seek God. We must also ask ourselves why we seek him.
 
In fact, Jesus affirms “you are looking for me not because you have seen   signs but because you ate those loaves, which you satiated “
 
In fact, the people had witnessed the prodigy of the multiplication of the loaves but had not  accepted the meaning of that gesture. It stopped at the outward miracle. 
 
It stopped to material bread, only there, without going beyond the meaning of this.
Then  a first question that we can all ask ourselves. Why are we looking for the lord? 
Because I’m looking for the  
Man? What are the reasons for my faith, our faith? 
 

We need to
discern this because among the many temptations we have in life,   among the many temptations, there is one that we could call idolatrous temptation. 
 
It is what  urges us to seek God, for our own use and consumption, to solve problems,  to have, thanks to him, what we alone cannot obtain out of interest.
 
 
But in this way the faith remains superficial that even I allow myself the word, the faith remains  
miraculous. 
 
We look for God to feed us and then we forget about him when we are full of food.
 
at the center of this immature faith, there is no God. There are our needs. Think of our interests, many things. 
 
It is right to present our needs to the heart of God, But the Lord  
who acts well beyond our expectations, wishes to live with us above all, a relationship of love.
 
And true, selfless love is free. One does not love to receive a favor in return. This  interest is so many times in life. We are interested. 
 
 
A second question can help us,  
the one that the crowd addresses to Jesus. What must we do to do the works  
of God? It is as if the people provoked by Jesus, he said. But how to purify  
our search for God? 
How to pass from a magical faith that only thinks about your own needs, 
to the faith that pleases God?
 
And Jesus points the way. He replies that God’s work is to welcome him 
that the father sent, that is, to welcome Jesus himself. 
It is not adding religious practices, observing special precepts. It is welcoming  
Jesus. And welcome him into life. It is to live a love story with Jesus.
 
He will purify our faith. 
Alone we cannot. But the gentleman wishes with us
a love relationship. 
Before the things we receive and do, there is him to love. 
There is a relationship with him that goes beyond the logic of interest and calculation.
 
This applies to God 
but it also holds true in our human and social relationships.
 
When we seek above all the satisfaction of our needs,  
we risk using people and exploiting situations  
for our purposes. How many times have we heard from a person

“But this uses people and then they forget” Use people for their own profit. 

 

 
 
This is bad. It is a company that focuses on interests 
instead of people it is a society that does not generate life. The invitation of the gospel is this: 
Rather than being concerned only with the material bread that feeds us, 
we welcome Jesus as the bread of life. And starting from our friendship with him,
we learn to love each other freely and without calculations. 
Love free and without calculations, without using people, with gratuitousness, 
with generosity, with magnanimity. Let’s pray now 
to the holy virgin the one who lived the most beautiful love story with God because there  
grant us the grace to open ourselves to the encounter with your son. Angelus domini …
Cari fratelli e sorelle, Buongiorno. La scena iniziale del vangelo nella liturgia odierna, ci presenta alcune barche in movimento verso Cafarnao.

La folla sta andando a cercare Gesù. Potremmo pensare che sia una cosa molto buona, eppure il vangelo ci insegna che non basta cercare Dio. Bisogna anche chiedersi il motivo per cui lo si cerca.

Infatti Gesù afferma “voi mi cercate non perché avete visto dei segni ma perché avete mangiato di quei pani, che vi siete saziati”

La gente infatti aveva assistito al prodigio della moltiplicazione dei pani ma non aveva accolto il significato di quel gesto. Si era fermata al miracolo esteriore.

Si era fermata al pane materiale, soltanto lì, senza andare oltre al significato di questo.

Ecco allora una prima domanda che possiamo farci tutti noi. Perché cerchiamo il signore? Perché cerco io il signore? Quali sono le motivazioni della mia fede, della nostra fede?

Abbiamo bisogno di discernere questo perché tra le tante tentazioni che noi abbiamo nella vita, tra le tante tentazioni, ce n’è una che potremmo chiamare tentazione idolatrica.

E’ quella che ci spinge a cercare Dio, a nostro uso e consumo, per risolvere i problemi, per avere grazie a lui quello che da soli non riusciamo a ottenere per interesse.

Ma in questo modo la fede rimane superficiale che anche mi permetto la parola, la fede rimane miracolistica.

Cerchiamo Dio per sfamarci e poi ci dimentichiamo di lui quando siamo sazi.

al centro di questa fede e immatura, non c’è Dio. Ci sono i nostri bisogni. Pensa ai nostri interessi, tante cose.

E’ giusto presentare al cuore di Dio, le nostre necessità, Ma il signore che agisce ben oltre le nostre attese, desidera vivere con noi anzitutto una relazione di amore.

E l’amore vero è disinteressato è gratuito. Non si ama per ricevere un favore in cambio. Questo interesse è tante volte nella vita. Noi siamo interessati.

Ci può aiutare una seconda domanda, quella che la folla rivolge a Gesù. Che cosa dobbiamo fare per compiere le opere di Dio? E’ come se la gente provocata da Gesù, dicesse. Ma come fare per purificare la nostra ricerca di Dio? Come passare da una fede magica che pensa solo ai propri bisogni,
alla fede che piace a  Dio ?

 

E Gesù indica la strada. Risponde che l’opera  di Dio è accogliere colui
che il padre ha mandato, cioè accogliere lui stesso, Gesù.
Non è aggiungere pratiche religiose, osservare speciali precetti. E’ accogliere Gesù. Eì accoglierlo nella vita . E’ vivere una storia di amore con Gesù.

Sarà lui a purificare la nostra fede. Da soli non siamo in grado.
Ma il signore desidera con noi un rapporto d’amore.
Prima delle cose  che riceviamo e facciamo, c’è lui da amare.
C’è una relazione con lui che va oltre le logiche dell’interesse e del calcolo.

Questo vale nei riguardi di Dio ma anche vale nelle nostre relazioni umane e sociali.

Quando cerchiamo soprattutto
il soddisfacimento dei nostri bisogni, rischiamo di usare le persone e di strumentalizzare le situazioni per i nostri scopi.Quante volte abbiamo sentito  da una persona

“Ma questo usa la gente e poi si dimentica” Usare le persone al proprio profitto.

E’ brutto questo. E’ una società che mette al centro gli interessi
invece delle persone è una società che non genera vita. L’invito del vangelo è questo:
Piuttosto che essere preoccupati soltanto dal pane materiale che ci sfama,
accogliamo Gesù come il pane della vita.
E a partire dalla nostra amicizia con lui,

impariamo ad amarci tra di noi con gratuità e senza calcoli.
Amore gratuito e senza calcoli, senza usare la gente, con gratuità,
con generosità, con magnanimità. Preghiamo ora
alla vergine santa colei che ha vissuto la più bella storia d’amore con Dio perché ci doni la grazia di aprirci all’incontro con il suo figlio. Angelus domini …

 

6:32 Jesus, therefore, said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn’t Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.

Hunger and thirst

6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

Hunger is translated from the greek word peinasē

Thirst is translated from the greek word dipsēsei

It seems that the words are correctly translated. But it is absurd that we should not need any water and food with Jesus. So the question is 
What is hunger and thirst?”
it can be hunger and thirst for many things.

I interpret these words as used by Jesus, not hunger for material things like food and water. I interpret these words as hunger and thirst for love and friendship.

What is the true bread of heaven

6:33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”

Jesus then said:

6:35 “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

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conclusion

As usual, Pope Francis has a very special interpretation. He helped me to understand when Jesus said “who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in  me will never be thirsty.”
Asi mentioned above, it  is absurd that we do not need to eat nor drink anymore. Jesus must ahave meant with hungry and thirts, hunger of love and friendshipt. With Jesus, you are not alone and you won’t have need of earthly love. This is what I experienced in Sweden, where many feel lonelyness. I did not felt lonelyness being with Jesus.

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Jesus – the teacher

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INTRODUCTION

At Catholic Mass July 17,  Mark 6,30-34 is read.  After the disciples had anointed many with oil and laid John the Baptizer’s body in a tomb, they went to talk with Jesus. Jesus and the disciples went together to a  deserted place but as many from “different cities” came to Jesus, he decided to teach them “many things”.

I remember John 16:12 that said:

“I have yet many things to tell you,
but you can’t bear them now.”

He taught “many things” but could not teach everything he knew, maybe about physical laws and the Universe.

I have indexed much of his teaching on a separate page.

You also find much of his teaching in my posts in the category “Kerygma”.

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from 
https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/_INDEX.HTM
Gospel texts below are copied from christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mark 6,30-34 says:

“6:30 The apostles gathered themselves together to Jesus, and they told him all things, whatever they had done, and whatever they had taught. 6:31 He said to them, “You come apart into a deserted place, and rest awhile.” For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
6:32 They went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.
6:33 They saw them going, and many recognized him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him.
6:34 Jesus came out, saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things.”

Footnotes

i 6:33 TR reads “The multitudes” instead of “They”

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