Tuesday, March 13, 2012

HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Two Discussion of Verse 18


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Since I get such a kick, still, out of blathering on about this stuff, here's the continuation of the discussion of HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Two !

Verse 18

18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.” a

a 18 JEREMIAH 31 : 15
from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter Two, New International Version

Verse 18

18 “ Restrain your voice from weeping
and your eyes from tears,
for your work will be rewarded. “c

c 18 JEREMIAH 31 : 16
from the text of the animation, HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Two
written by R David Foster

Verse 18 Discussion

This specific incidence of the infant One relationship is no more, as the boys under the age of two, in Bethlehem, are no more. Jesus, and the infant One, have escaped to live on, but the cost is high, as other children have been executed.

But the prophet goes on to say, in the very next verse, that they should restrain from weeping and tears for their work will be rewarded. What is their work? What are they working on, after such a great loss? The answer is whatever they are working on!

In the animation, the image is of a Sunday School class lead by the majestic daughter. The children are eager and engaged in the lesson. This is what the majestic daughter was doing and is still doing. This is her work, and it will be rewarded. She is not compelled to engage in this work, but does it willingly, to give of herself to others. She is devoted to this work, as it is her way of expressing her faith – a faith that she wants to share and a faith that led her to the sacred One relationship. In presenting herself entirely to the children, she presents her faith, under the guidance of the curriculum, and this faith includes her adoration of the sacred One relationship. She is not preaching her personal faith, outside of the curriculum, but by presenting herself her example shines and gives glory to the faith she professes, a faith encountering the One sacred relationship, that lives on in her heart, to one day manifest itself once again.

In Matthew, chapter twenty-four, Jesus speaks of the end of the age. This is also understood as the Second Coming of Christ. In the animation, Matthew's Two Four, many statements, paraphrasing the Gospel text, are made about the end time, which is both the end of this age and the beginning of the next age. The important thing is to be ready, when everything of this age is failing, to welcome the coming of the next age. In the same way, the sacred One relationship will return to a new heaven and a new earth, and likely with different players, but not necessarily different players. The trick is to endure the end of this age and welcome the new age with the same players. This is death and rebirth, and this is a significant part of the sacred One relationship. Jesus did not abandon his followers once he rose from the dead, but rather left so as to make room for them to grow in faith and responsibility, and to take on his mission for themselves. This mission is not just nice sentiments, but existential reality, more real than anything, including death, which we are all headed for, whether we maintain an awareness of death or not.

So as the animation plays out, look for the second coming of the sacred One relationship. Just as surely as Jesus returned to Israel, the sacred One relationship will manifest itself again. This is not radical at all. We all have died to one relationship to only find ourselves in another relationship. It is not a question of if the sacred One relationship will arrive again, but when and where it will arrive. We are to watch and stay awake so as to be ready to welcome it, like the birth of a child, when we may least expect it, and welcome it for it will need to be honoured, nurtured and cared for. This awareness is maintained by our work, and our work will be rewarded.

If, on the other hand, we weep and mourn the loss endlessly, we will fail to see the opportunities, when they occur, to welcome the sacred One relationship once more! I have witnessed this many times. Especially in arguments, when one is being berated by another, a glimmer of a resolution will appear in the endless beration, but the berated will fail to take up the resolution and speak up, since they are wallowing so much in the fact that they are being berated!

Another example is this animation itself! When I became unable to work due to reasons beyond my control, I could have wallowed in self pity and repeatedly failed at attempts at employment, which would all fail for the same reasons that were beyond my control. I paused, looked around, and all circumstances were supporting my pursuit of this animation and other artwork. This support has been maintained, surprisingly, for over three years, and has resulted in five episodes of animation and over forty-thousand words of discussion written.

If one professes an omnipotent, almighty, benevolent, merciful and loving God, one should exercise a little faith and look for the opportunities that are presented by him, to take them up and live on in Joy and love! Many are surprised to realize that the Creeds profess the resurrection of the body! This means our bodies will be resurrected! This is what the church professes in the creeds! Furthermore, we seem to have lost sight that God wants to live with us eternally on earth! We pray, in the Lord's Prayer, “your kingdom come, your will be done; on earth, as it is in heaven”! We are not intended to go to heaven, but live in heaven on earth !

This is the power of God, that we could live forever with him on earth, if we could only see the opportunity of the sacred One relationship and work at such a relationship to harvest the potential of the understanding it freely provides.

Sunday, March 11th, 2012


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