Sicily has suffered enough

As I wrote before, Sicily has been invaded several times from all kind of people, Arabs, Cartaginese, Normands, Spaniards, Greece and then abandoned by the Italian government to criminals and mafia to please Italian politicians. Now , for some reason, the Italian government let Sicily be invaded by Corona virus.

Is it maybe again a way to help the badly hit mafia? As Saviano wrote a few days ago, the mafia always find ways to earn money and eliminate enemies, now the Sicilians themselves,  where many have risked their lives and some died.

March 23 2020

March 29 2020

As you can see from this map from March 23, the East of Sicily with Messina and Catania is already the most hit by Corona.

I translated a article from Live 24.it for you to read:

The decrees of the Government and the Region ordinances do not hinder the continuous exodus to Sicily of people without thinking of the consequences seeking to return the island.
Last night, after the president of the Calabria Region has ordered the closure of the entrances in the provinces of Calabria, Villa San Giovanni the Calabrian ferry harbour were besieged with people coming from north Iraly,  only a few ferries depart daily, destined mostly to commuters working in the health sector that need to reach hospitals.
The Sivcilian Region president  Musumeci denounced yet another flaw in the system of control and accountability to the people asked: “You can not – he said in a post on Facebook – and I do not accept that to happen.
I asked the prefect to intervene immediately. There is a decree of the Minister of Infrastructure and the Minister of Health that prevents it.
he continued” I request that order is respected and that further checks are carried out on departure. The national government intervenes because we Sicilians are not cannon fodder!
In the light of the national measure, only commuters who perform public service such as health, armed forces and police can travel. That’s enough.
We are making huge sacrifices and we must give certainty to all citizens that this is followed with commitment. ” as health, armed forces and police.
That’s enough. We are making huge sacrifices and we must give certainty to all citizens that this phase is followed with commitment. “
Last night the same Musumeci had been at Messina for a Coronavirus on emergency summit, which was attended by the Prefect Maria Carmela Librizzi, the mayor Cateno De Luca, the heads of law enforcement and health Peloritane area agencies .In the seat of the prefecture, the governor explained all the measures already taken in the hospitals of the capital and the province of Messina to meet emergency and ongoing initiatives to counter a possible epidemic peak.read more at Live 24.it .Italian state railways continue to sell train tickets to Sicily. This must be stopped. Sicily can not afford more Corona cases.Please share. The world must know what the Italian government is doing with Sicily.Thank you for your attention

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This is not the time to fight each other

BBC Hardtalk 10.30 interviewed Antonio Guterres secretary General of United Nations,

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csy9fx

He says that the Covid-19 crisis is “a threat to the whole of humanity”

1. We have had global terrorism
2. We have had and still have a global climate challenge
3. Now we have a global covid-19 crisis

This is not the time to fight each other
We need a concerted actions against global crisis

Only with solidarity we can fight global crisis

Antonio Guterres has just launched  a humanitarian appeal to raise fonds focused mainly on helping the 40 most vulnerable countries.

The global health system is as strong as the weakest health system in the world.

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Hello

I am trying a new contact form with captcha test.

I hope it works so you can share with me ideas and good sources.

Look in about and you find  the form in “contact me”.

Welcome!

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Sicily – a angry island.

I wrote some time ago about the Italian revolution. I will in this post set focus on Sicily.
Sicily has been invaded and controlled by Greece, Arabs, Cartago, Normands, Spain as documented by John Julius Norwich in his book “Sicily – a short history” and was later abandoned to criminals and mafia by the Italian State. John Julius Norwich wrote in his preface that the Sicilians are a sad people. I maybe understand why.
Now Sicily is under attack from Corona taken with people who thought Sicily is a good place to live in now.
We got a corona case on my neighbor island Salina, one with a young girl that couldn’t resist Sicilian nostalgy and remain in North Italy. Sicily has got several more corona cases, recently in nearby Milazzo and Barcellona.

The Mayor of MessinaC, has done and is having a strong fight to protect Sicily from Corona. Many illegals are taking the Ferry in Calabria to come to Messina and Sicily
The Italian ministry of interior said that all the cars embarking on the ferry are commuters that are allowed to come to Messina.
The mayor has documented several cases of people not allowed to take the ferry and that people are able to buy train tickets in Italy to come to Sicily.

The Mayor of Messina Cateno De Luca invited mayors form nearby municipalities to go to Villa San Giovanni (the Calabrian ferry harbour) to check were the people come from and why they want to go to Sicily.

Now 40 cars are blocked in Villa as not being allowed to take the Ferry. They have obviously been allowed to pass the Autostrada checkpoints in other northern  regions, Campania and others.

Now these 40 cars block trucks who deliver to Sicilian supermarkets food, water and other merchandise that Sicily needs.
It is not the best option to be a beautiful island in these pandemia days.
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The Sicilian region president Musumeci said days ago, “we have won over mafiosi, we will also win over corona”. But this can not be done with a Italy that does not care about Sicily and apply laws and ordinances.
The Messina MayorCateno De Luca represents for me the Sicilian spirit, a angry Sicily rather than a sad one.
You may share my post to news or friends if you want.
Greetings from Lipari,
0 cases so far on our island, thanks among others to our good and caring Mayor Marco Giorgianni

20200322 Jesus about the blind man

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INTRODUCTION

Today at Catholic mass Gv 9,1-41 (it) is read.

As you know I try to not get blinded by the miracles, documented in the Gospels. Jesus kerygma is miracle enough and shows that Jesus was a prophet conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary. Look e..g at his commandment “Love your enemy” and “turn the other cheek” that completely revolutionized the thinking of his time that was led by the revenge mantra and animal instinct.

But this miracle story is special. As told by John it sounds like a metaphore about human blindness.

I will in this post try to analize the miracle and message Jesus gave according to John 9,1-41

INDEX

• introduction
• The text
• The message
• blindness
• “revealed with him”
• “the works of God”
• “revealed in him”
• blind prophets
• temple of God
• Distracted by sight
• Inner voice
• meditation
• Talking with God
• The blind man – a metaphore
• Jesus was not the first prophet
• The value of silence
• Conclusion

The text

Most of the text has focus on the miracle of open the vision of a man born blind. I share here the message of Jesus in this passage:

John,9,1-5; 39-41;  says:

1 As he went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.

2 His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should have been born blind?’

3 ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered, ‘he was born blind so that the works of God might be revealed in him.

4 ‘As long as day lasts we must carry out the work of the one who sent me; the night will soon be here when no one can work.

5 As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world.’

6-38 The Pharisees talk with the the blind man and his parents about the miracle

39 Jesus said: It is for judgement that I have come into this world, so that those without sight may see and those with sight may become blind.

40 Hearing this, some Pharisees who were present said to him, ‘So we are blind, are we?’

41 Jesus replied: If you were blind, you would not be guilty, but since you say, ‘We can see,’ your guilt remains.

The message

The story is about a man born blind

Blindeness

I studied and wrote previously about consciousness and neuroscience. let us look at blindness. healthline says:

“Blindness is the inability to see anything, including light. If you’re partially blind, you have limited vision. For example, you may have blurry vision or the inability to distinguish the shapes of objects. Complete blindness means you can’t see at all. …”

Blind people have auditory dreams

“blind people do dream. What they see in their dreams depends on how much they could ever see. If someone has been totally blind since birth, they only have auditory dreams.”

About  He was born blind so that the works of God might be revealed in (ed. greek: ἐν) him

or “Revealed with him”?

It is to be noted that Jesus said:
“The works of God might be revealed in him ”
He did not say:
“The works of God might be revealed with him”

As this phrase is said after Jesus made a blind man see it leads easily to read revealed with him” . This leads to the simplicistic and common interpretation  that there are blind humans so God and Jesus with blind people can show the humans “the works of God.”as the miracles of God and Jesus.

WHO says that “The estimated number of people visually impaired in the world is 285 million, 39 million blind and 246 million having low vision; 65 % of people visually impaired and 82% of all blind are 50 years and older (Table 2)”

It sounds for me absurd that millions of people are to be born blind by God so God can show its power to heal.

the works of God

works  is written in Greek as ἔργα (erga)

erga is seen also in Matthew 23:3 translated as deed
“but do not be guided by what (ed. the work) they do, since they do not practise what they preach.”

So the works of God may also refer to the Creation of God as revealed in the Genesis. But as Genesis was already revealed to Moses, this interpretation should be excluded.

So let us look closer at

“revealed in him”

So, I wonder what may a blind man get revealed “in him” that seing man isn’t?

Does it says that blind are destined to become prophets to share the messages of God?

Prophets are known to get words revealed

Blind prophets

Despite there are and have been many humans born blind, I found only a few who were regarded as blind prophets:

1. Ahijah_the_Shilonite is one prophets that was blind according to the book of kings.
2. Tiresias is another one.
3. Baba_Vanga is the third I found.

I find that I have to abandon this path. I remenbered then that

We are the temple of God

We have read in the Corinthians 3:16 these interesting words of Paul:

Do you not know that you are a temple of God
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

Some prophets have got messages revealed in dreams. More or less like the woodworker Joseph about the danger for his son.

Being distracted by sight

A blind man is not distracted by vision signals sent from the eyes. Being Born blind they have  no inner vision nor visual dreams but having auditory dreams they may have a inner voice.

Inner voice

In my experience and what I l read about, we all have a inner voice.

Look at this video about inner voice.

Inner voice may be pathological as it is for some killers.

However with meditation we can train ourselves to not get so distracted by impulses, in this case visual impulses.

The woman in this video says that according to fMRi studies, the auditory cortex is activated if you have a dialog with someone in your mind.

Talking with God

Maybe we can talk with God or anyone you know that has deceased?

The blind man a metaphore of darkness in our mind?

This second interpretation I have met in priest sermons, is more intelligent. It connects to Jesus saying “I am the light of the world.’” but I don’t think that Jesus really said that. He was not a bragger as I wrote about in another post.

As I said in my introduction Jesus has “completely revolutionized the thinking of his time that was led by the revenge mantra and animal instinct.”

Jesus has with his words opened the mind of many, mine too.

But Jesus was not the first prophet to “open our minds”.

Jesus was  preceded by the Zoroastrians Gathas in the Iranian region were the main message and the ethical goals of Zoroastrianism was “good thoughts, good words, good deeds” (See the “Threefold Path of Asha: Humata, Huxta, Huvarshta“)
Buddhism came before the Zoroastriam ethical goals in India with the Eightfold_Path of Enlightment.

Jesus as it is known in matthew/15-24.htm, was sent only “to the lost sheep of Israel.” a people who seldom had relations with the people in Iran and India and followed their own path of “eye for an eye”.

So like Christian say that Jesus is the light, is not correct for all humans around the world. I would rather say

Jesus was the light for “the lost sheep of Israel.”

and is still today for the lost humans caught by their animal instincts

I have been helped by the words of Jesus several times, when I ended up in “mind blindness”.

But Buddhist meditation like prayer has also helped me to see light during dark moments of my life.

It is interesting to read hindu Mahatma Gandhi writing that:

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The value of silence

Elisabeth of trinity has teached us about the value of Silence for this inner dialog.

And as Rumi said

conclusion

As said in my introduction I normally omit all miracle stories to focus on Jesus words, kerygma.

But this miracle is special one.

True or not, as told by the great author of John, this miracle story  is a metaphor about the human kind.

A human kind that has been “blind” since its birth (in Africa) but can see again with the light, a metaphor of the words of prophets, starting with Adam that maybe was incarnated in a human body after his spirit had to leave Eden in Heaven to come down to earth. See my post about this yet indeterminable hypothesis )

We don’t have the words of Adam but of Moses, several other prophets and the last 2000 years, the words of Jesus shared in the Gospels and the words Muhammad heard in the cave above Mecca and then shared in the Quran. We have plenty of light (words) around us.

You understand or are reminded, I am interreligious. I believe that God did not discriminate. God talked to many, to Siddhartha in India who teached us how to live well with our body and mind, to Zoroaster in Iran who shared his Gathas, to Christians with the voice of Jesus shared in  the Gospels and to Muhammad who shared what he heard in the cave over Mecca in the Quran.

Like the pope Francis, said today, we should also become light by sharing the words and of course, being examples of good humans.

This part of the Gospel of John has led me into a nice voyage in my mind, ending up in thinking about my own iinner dialog

He was born blind so that the works of God might be revealed in him

We are all “blind” at birth with a great curiosity. In our inner blindness we want to learn and understand. In our search, we may later find our inner temple and a voice talking to us and guiding us. Our brain is prepared for this dialog. But question is if we are able to listen.

Find a quiet and peaceful place (may it be in the wood, in a church or on a balcony) where you feel good. Sit down in a comfortable chair and start listen to your inner voice. Ask God and God listen to the answer.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs di Maio said one good thing tonight. I want to forward his message to you who are my friends here.

You know that many Italians who sell products and services that are not food, medicine etc, respect the safety restrictions closing their activities, to stay home.

As a example, Lipari and the Aeolian islands, depends 99% on tourism. The islands are suffering especially hard this pandemia as no tourists are allowed to come to the islands. Bars, restaurants and hotels are closed and empty.

For reasons you probably know, Italy had before this pandemia, a poor economy, reasons that many Italians are fighting, even risking their lives.

Italians take care of their elders, keeping them with their families. Italian families have paid hard for this love with a high mortality rate among elders. Life has been cruel to these now suffering families.

If you want to show solidarity with Italy, buy “Made in Italy” wherever you are. This will help to alleviate the economical damages for a badly hit country.

I kindly ask you to share my message.
Thank you.

Stellan, at home a week now.

Greeting from Lipari, Aeolian Islands

20200315 Jesus and the Samaritan woman

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INTRODUCTION

Today March 15 is the second Sunday where Italian mus stay home and can not attend Mass at Church, regarded as a  epidemic risc for contagieing others. The Mass is a important for many Italians and especially for those in prisons who know can not have visits from their relatives.

But fortunately, the mass is sent by Rai1 at 11.00 from a empty mass in Rome. I have looked at Rai1 mass for a long time as I for my post stroke mental fatigue sleep badly sometimes and have difficulties to go to mass at 9.00 as it is celebrated here.

Today at Catholic mass Gv 4,5-42 John tells about Jesus encounter with the Samaritan woman that gives a nice example of Jesus respect for a people that was bullied as dogs by the Jews at his time for historical reasons.

I wrote about Jesus and the Samaritans July 2019 in a historical view at www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2019/07/14/jesus-and-the-samaritans/.

In that post I refered to Luke 10:25-37

INDEX

The text

John 4,5-45 says:

Jesus comes to Sychar

4:05 So he came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being tired from his journey, sat down by the well.

At the well alone, with the Samaritan woman

It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

4:09 The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?”
4:10 Jesus answered her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

04:11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. From where then have you that living water? Are you greater than our father, Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, as did his children, and his livestock?”

The Living water metaphore

04:13 Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
04:15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I don’t get thirsty, neither come all the way here to draw.”
04:16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
04:17 The woman answered, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, You said well, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband. This you have said truly.”
04:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.”
04:21 Jesus said to her,Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, will you worship the Father. You worship that which you don’t know. We worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be his worshippers. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
04:25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah comes,”  “When he has come, he will declare to us all things.”
04:26 Jesus said to her, I am he, the one who speaks to you.
At this, his disciples came. They marveled that he was speaking with a woman; yet no one said, “What are you looking for?” or, “Why do you speak with her?” So the woman left her water pot, and went away into the city, and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything that I did. Can this be the Christ?”

Inhabitants of Sychar comes to Jesus

04:30 They went out of the city, and were coming to him. In the meanwhile, the disciples urged him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
04:32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”
04:33 The disciples therefore said one to another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?”

Jesus food

04:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to  do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.  Don’t you say, ‘There are yet four months until the harvest?’ Behold, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already. He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to eternal life; that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you haven’t labored. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

Jesus staid with The Sychar Samaritans

04:39 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in him because of the word of the woman, who testified, “He told me everything that I did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them. He stayed there two days. Many more believed because of his word.
04:42 They said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of your speaking; for we have heard for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

The message again – text with thoughts

As John 4:1 tells

At the well alone, with the Samaritan woman

It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

4:09 The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?”

Jesus a a stranger for the woman

The woman saw that Jesus was a jew probably because of his appearance but she did not recognize that it was Jesus

The  lonely woman that did not run back to the home.

A that time like today, it was not allowed nor recommendable for a woman to be alone near a stranger.
The woman must have got a good feeling of this Jew (Jesus) as she did not run away but remained starting her work at the well.

The attitude of Jesus

Reading Jesus saying “Give me a drink.”  you may interpret this as being said with severe voice and face expression as a command.

you must be aware that words alone does not say much. John does not share any visual nor sound information.

Because of Jesus emphasizing love and love your enemy,
I presume his voice and face expression was not signaling a severe military order. Nor must he have signaled the Jews view about Samaritans.

So let us go back to the text:

The Living water metaphore

4:10 “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

The woman obviously did not understand this stranger, so she answered respectfully with:

4.11 “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. From where then have you that living water? Are you greater than our father, Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, as did his children, and his livestock?”

4:13 “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

Obsiously this woman felt respect in Jesus so she said to him:

4:15 “Sir, give me this water, so that I don’t get thirsty, neither come all the way here to draw.”

Now we begin to understand the purposes Jesus had

Jesus tests the woman by saying:

04:16 Go, call your husband, and come here.

As a good practicing Samaritan woman reading the Pentatheuch, the woman did follow the law “Do no lie” like many Jews did not.

04:17 The woman answered, I have no husband.”

So the Samaritans obviously are not the “lost people” as Jesus called them.

Jesus said to her, You said well, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have, is not your husband. This you have said truly.”

Thisfact may reveal why the Jews regard Samaritans as eretic

04:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.”

About the Samaritan holy mountain Mount Gerizim

04:21 Jesus said to her,

“Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, will you worship the Father.
You worship that which you don’t know.
We worship that
which we know; for salvation is from the Jews. (ed. Jesus and his disciples)
But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be his worshippers
. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

04:25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah comes,”  “When he has come, he will declare to us all things.”

04:26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who speaks to you.

At this, his disciples came. They marveled that he was speaking with a woman; yet no one said, “What are you looking for?” or, “Why do you speak with her?”

The Samaritan woman left Jesus to let him talk with his disciples.

So the woman left her water pot, and went away into the city, and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything that I did. Can this be the Christ?”

Inhabitants of Sychar comes to Jesus

04:30 They went out of the city, and were coming to him. In the meanwhile, the disciples urged him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”

The food metaphore

04:32 But he said to them,

I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”

04:33 The disciples therefore said one to another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?”

04:34 Jesus said to them,

“My food is to  do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.  Don’t you say, ‘There are yet four months until the harvest?’ Behold, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already. He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to eternal life; that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you haven’t labored. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

Jesus stayed with The Sychar Samaritans

04:39 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in him because of the word of the woman, who testified, “He told me everything that I did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them. He stayed there two days. Many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of your speaking; for we have heard for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

Jesus said later in Galilee,

“Unless you see signs and wonders,
you will in no way believe.”

The samaritans did not need any miracle to believe in him. His words and kerygma was enough.

conclusion

I think that this part of John shares a important part of Jesus Kerygma.

• Jesus respect for women. As shown elsewhere.
• Jesus’ good relation with the Samaritans
• Jesus respecting the Samaritans despite being regarded as eretics at his time
• where you pray (In Jerusalem our on mount Gerezim) that has no importance
• God as spirit and praying in spirit
• Jesus message about living water and food.
• the Samaritans  that did not ask for signs.
• a Samaritan women that for some reason had  several husbands
• Ta samaritan women who were allowed to stay near jews men
• Samaritan men who listened to women.
• Samaritans becoming Christians.

Matthew 10:5-6 tells that Jesus said:

5 ‘Do not make your way to gentile territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town6 go instead to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.”

Jesus  obviously did order to avoid Samaria  because it was dangerous. I presume that it was because it was a waste of time as he wanted to convert Sinners and the Lost sheep of the House of Israel.” And he regarded the Samaritans to be good people as he referred to when talking about the good samaritan to a lawyer as described by Luke 10:25-37

Why Jew disciples?

I wonder why Jesus choosed Jews as disciples.  I presume it was because he was only  interested in talking with the “lost people of Israel”, the  Jews.

I he have had choosen Samaritan disciples

If he he had choosen Samaritans as disciples, his kerygma would maybe not have had the spreading it had. The Jews were at power in Israel and had a quite good relation with the Romans.

It is a pity because with the Samaritans we would not have had such  discrimination of women around in the world.

For humanity (men) to mature, the women had to suffer until today.

At the end, the Jews still today do not accept Jesus as their Messiah. And that may have contributed to the widespread antisemitism and maybe also to the holocaust.

The Italian Revolution

Austria was the first country in Europe to stop people at the border, requesting health certificate from doctor. Austria declared Italy as a red zone. Italy has not declared itself as a  red zone. And Italy has become a example for the world, to write about and follow.

Several countries now follow Italy flattening the corona peak, applying more severe rules to contain the spreading of Corona.

A reporter in Euronews said three days ago, that Italians are not known to follow rules.

But why are they following rules now and how is this possible? How is it possible that a tactile people like the Italians, now avoid cheek kissing and hand shakes keeping security distances?

The Euronews reporters answer was that the Italians now are scared for their health. I am not satisfied with that answer.

• Why do many Italians not use the safety belt in their car if there is no police controls around?
• Why do Italians sitting behind in the car never wear belt in their car despite the fact that they risk the life and health of those sitting in front of them?
• Why don’t Italians use helmets while taking a tour with the bycicle in town?
(Only in Giro d’Italia you see helmets on Italians).
• Why does pedestrians walk around during the night with dark clothing without reflexes so cars and scooters can see them. A priest was hit badly by a scooter a few years ago.  Despite that he didn’t talk about reflexes nor started to use these when he was up and going again.

To find a answer is not easy. I will look at a few factors that may explain this Italian revolution.

Punishments

Newspapers warn the Italians for punishment if they do not respect the new corona prevention laws. The treath of punishment is for sure important for some Italians. But i have not heard anyone saying “Go peacefully wherever you want as there is no police controls around!” something  i heard about using helmets on my scooter. I were warned once “Use the security belt in your car as they are checking this!”

Applying laws

If there is noone checking that the laws are followed, then laws are useless in Italy

January 16 2003 The Italians had a new law art 51 nr 3 . that said ” it is prohibited to smoke in closed public areas ”è vietato fumare nei locali chiusi, ad eccezione di quelli privati non aperti ad utenti o al pubblico;”). After a year you could travel by train and busses, go to restaurants and bars and you had no smoking people around at all, not even in the toilets. But really noone checked that this no smoke law was respected. At the airport in Catania, a proud young policemen smoked with the “no smoke” signal behind him. A few years later i were stoped by a airport officer as I took by mistake a vape from my a electronic cigar waiting for my luggage. When I said I were vaping, then he left with a “Ok!”

Italians themselves told each other to not smoke.

Despite noone checked really that the no smoke law was respected, the Italians followed the new rule. So why does some rules need to be followed by punishment and others not?

information

What motivated Italians to stop smoking and to respect corona preventions instructions so fast may depend on all the information that they got about smoke related cancer maybe also theirown families and for the Corona issue, intensive information in TV, internet and other media.

Awareness

With all the information Italians got, they understand the risc of being infected by Corona virus. A neighbour of mine is even scared to go to the village, despite it is allowed for basic food or health shopping. We are instructed to stay at home as much as possible.

Catholic faith

I have thought about the fact that many Italians rely on the help of Saints. Saint Christoph is the saint that protect travelers in Neaple. In Sicily we have Saint Bartolo. Many go to church and pray for help by God or some saint. By going to mass every Sunday some may think that they are protected by God, so they do not need to protect themselves. Talking with Italians I have heard answers like “Well, the day when we die is decided by God”. This may be a cause of a lower awareness about risks and how to prevent these.
But this does not explain the great epidemy in the atheistic China.

Motivation

Caring about their own health and the health of the elders is indeed a important factor in Italy Families are used to take care of each other but it may not be the only reason. s I said above, people take big risks, traveling with car, scooter and walking around by night.

We have a Italian revolution going on. The circumstances are scaring, but what we are seeing now, is reassuring me that the Italians can do a lot to change their own lives and country. I think they are enough frustrated and motivated to do so, listening to all Italians who are angry about their own political and economical situation. The only thing is to find out how to change it. It is not enough to accuse at right and left like many do. Most Italians do not want a Mussolini back or a Xi Jinping and they do not need a dictator really.

the Italians must change their habits, pay taxes, be honest to be able request the same from politicians and public administrators who must take well care of the public resources.
“Menefreghismo” (“I dont_care_about_youism”) is a culture that has to be fighted here in Italy. The Corona experience shows that “menefreghismo”  is possible to overcome.

La mafia durante il fascismo dovette andare sottoterra e non poteva piu svolere le proprie attività

C’è bisogno di un Mussolini o di un Xi Jinping ?

A mio avviso no.

Due casi lo dimostrano.

Anni da In pochi mesi abbiamo smesso di fumare in luoghi pubblici, treni, aeroporti e stazioni. 16 gennaio 2003 n. 3 art. 51 ha stabilito che ” è vietato fumare nei locali chiusi, ad eccezione di quelli privati non aperti ad utenti o al pubblico;” L’ultimo che vidi infrangere questo divieto era un giovane poliziotto all’aeroporto di Catania che fumava davanti al cartello divieto di fumo nella sala attesa.

E ora vediamo un secondo miracolo italiano. Il rispetto delle regole is salute per contenere il Corona virus.

L’Austria ha per primo ritenuto l’Italia come zona rossa chiudendo i suoi confini a tutti ad eccezione di chi aveva certificato medico. Ora ci siamo autodichiarati zona rossa. E il mondo ci guarda a bocca aperta come seguiamo i nuovi ordini.

20200308 Jesus transfiguration

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INTRODUCTION

Today Mt 17,1-9-Italian (Matthew 17:1-9 in English ) is read. It is about Jesus appearing to the disciples with Moses and Elia. I am very skeptical about all those miracle stories that are found in the Gospels. I wrote about it in my page about Jesus kerygma.

But what makes me dedicate time to this story is what Jesus said according to the author of Matthew after the appearance:

Don’t tell anyone what you saw,
until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”

The text

Matthew 17:1-9 says
17:1  After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain by themselves.
He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light.  Behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them talking with him.
17:4 Peter answered, and said to Jesus,
“Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, let’s make three tents here: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
17:5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them. Behold, a voice came out of the cloud, saying,
“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”
17:6 When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were very afraid.
17:7 Jesus came and touched them and said,
“Get up, and don’t be afraid.”
Lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying,
“Don’t tell anyone what you saw, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”

The message

I think that this man from the channel “Unlearn the lies” is sharing a very important analysis about the fact that the disciples had a vision in their mind. As Jesus confirmed thereafter with “Dont tell about this vision….”

“Get up, and don’t be afraid.” as mentioned by the Pope after the mass is a important message especcially in this time of suffering because of war  humans have started and of the Corona epidemy . He said Get up. He didn’t say  Pray!

This is according to me important. We can not just remain on our place in face of what is happening. We must act.
About the Corona epidemy I am personally active in local FB groups where infection prevention is talked about and I updated my own knowledge about virus inexperiential-learning/#issue2

conclusion

I have found a part in the Gospels where it is indirectly said that we must act.
It support my idea that we must use the  resources we got, among others our brain.

We can not expect that God, Jesus, Mary or some Saint will do the job for us. We must do it, protecting ourselves and our cohumans from dangers, like viruses and wars.

A agnostic pluralist seeker

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