Bem-aventurados os mansos, porque eles herdarão a terra; Bem-aventurados os que têm fome e sede de justiça, porque eles serão fartos; Bem-aventurados os misericordiosos, porque eles alcançarão misericórdia; Bem-aventurados os limpos de coração, porque eles verão a Deus; Bem-aventurados os pacificadores, porque eles serão chamados filhos de Deus; Bem-aventurados os que sofrem perseguição por causa da justiça, porque deles é o reino dos céus; Bem-aventurados sois vós, quando vos injuriarem e perseguirem e, mentindo, disserem todo o mal contra vós por minha causa.(Mt.5)

domingo, 25 de fevereiro de 2018


One of the important things to do when one really wants to read, meditate and contemplate the Word of God is not to question the veracity of the text but rather to be aware that it is the WORD of God, the Holy Scriptures, which do not transmit errors in their teachings, in what they objectify, in the theology used there. This is the problem of many who, instead of reflecting on the truth taught therein, call into question the writing, the history, or even the intention of the sacred author.
2. When we come across the text of the Lord's transfiguration, we envisage a very lofty theology of the truth about Jesus Christ, His mission and condition, and the future for all those who become His disciples. In a nutshell, the author shows who Jesus is, what will happen to Him, His importance to the Church and the world and His victory over the fear, mistrust, sadness and weakness that haunt His disciples.
3. "His clothes were as bright and white as no laundress on earth could target." Here is a clear sign of the resurrection. Death will not be the end! This is a display of comfort, confidence, and encouragement to the disciples, who were terrified, afraid. Christ had already said before that the leaders of the Sanhedrin would kill Him, but He would rise again on the third day (Mt 16:21, Mark 8:31, Lk 9:22). It also speaks, with reference to the Temple, that destroyed, would be rebuilt in three days (cf. Jn 2,19).
4. "Elijah and Moses appeared to him, and they were talking with Jesus." This picture reveals the centrality of Jesus and, at the same time, the One to whom everything converges and takes place. Christ as the fullness of the Law and of prophecy, that is, of the Scriptures. Moses is the indicator of the Law; Elijah, of prophecy. Both are placed facing Jesus and in dialogue with him, a sign that one can not give up the Old Testament, which is the reality of the promise, of preparation for the coming of the Messiah. According to Luke, they talked about the death Jesus would suffer in Jerusalem. In turn, since Christ is the key to the interpretation of all the Holy Scriptures, besides being the Center, the Light, the Understanding and also the Realization of the whole Word of God, nevertheless presenting Himself as the WORD OF SALVATION, was preparing for the final Passover.
5. "Master, it's good to be here. Let's make three tents: one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah. " Indeed, it was very good to remain there, to contemplate this great mystery, but that was not the purpose of the transfiguration, because much more than that, they will have after death, standing firm as true disciples. It is not possible to attain resurrection without facing self-surrender and death. Moreover, Peter and the others were not only understanding the mystery, but also the need to be encouraged, immersed in this mystery to decisively face the cross, not only in Jesus, but also in their lives, in fidelity, trust and confidence. love, in the hope of resurrection. It was necessary to know more deeply the Master, but for this they should walk with Him until His total surrender on the cross. In this theophanic environment, marked by the sign of the presence of God, the sheknah, symbolized by the cloud, comes the revelation that Jesus is the Son (cf. Ps 2: 7: a declared king son), the King life), the Servant and the absolute Word of the Father. The disciples are invited to the Shema, listening to the truth about God and His teachings, the fulfillment of Deut. 6,4.
6. This great truth can only be revealed through resurrection. The clarity of faith would not be possible before the victory over death, the Evil One and sin in general. Certainly, there was, alongside the fear, the glimpse, but not certainty, total surrender. Interestingly, just a pagan, at the foot of the cross, will say that Jesus was truly the Son of God. In fact, they did not even understand the meaning of "resurrection of the dead" in the way Jesus conceived it. After this great experience, the disciples are invited to the mission, with more maturity in the Christian faith, so that all may conquer the glorious future of God, communion with the Lord himself throughout life. The mission will bear fruit because of the presence of Jesus in the midst of them (Jesus descends with them).
A strong and affectionate hug.
Father José Erinaldo

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