Tuesday, June 19, 2012

HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold Discussion of Verse Seven - part "C"



There's the website with all of the HESUS JOY CHRIST stuff !!
Just search "hesus joy christ", make sure that is what was searched for, and not an alternate such as "jesus joy christ" on www.google.ca and in a couple of months it may appear instead of the old links that appear now.
On this site there are almost all the HESUS JOY CHRIST blog posts in an easily accessible non-linear format, as well as all the animation dating back to 2008, and most of the poetry.


There's the website with all the other artwork!!

Just search vid932008 on www.google.ca to see it come up first in the list.
On this site there are almost all the artwork blog posts in an easily accessible non-linear format, as well as all the other artwork and poetry.



There's a blast of WATERCOLOUR !!


Since I get such a kick, still, out of blathering on about this stuff, I'm continuing on with the discussion of HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold !!

 Verse 7  7Jesus answered him, “It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' c
-c-  7 Deuteronomy 6:16

from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter Four, New International Version

 Verse 7   / 7One answered him, “ For ' whoever is not against us is for us . 'b “ 
  / She continued,
 “ ' Fear the Lord your God, serve Him only, and take your oaths in his name.
  / Do not follow other gods, the gods of the people around you;
  / for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous god,
/ and her anger will burn against you and she will destroy you from the face of the land. 
  / Do not test the Lord your God as you did at Mass . . .ah ! ' c

-b-  7 Mark 9:40  ;-c-  7 Deuteronomy 6:13-16

from the text of the animation, HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold
written by R David Foster

 Verse 7 Discussion  - part C   

 I have often heard about people's rights, as in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but I have only seen the connection between rights and responsibilities made in a poster in the hallway of a Catholic high school in Caledon East.  I agree that along with rights there are responsibilities, and with responsibilities, there are rights.

 Women, for whatever reason, were not held responsible for men's behaviour, and correspondingly did not have any rights in men's endeavours.  This has changed.  Women were recognized as persons in the 1920's and have the right to vote since around the same time.  That was almost a hundred years ago.  If there are still problems with society, women are to some extent at least, as responsible as men for those problems.

 Nevertheless, women have taken on responsibility for society, for the benefit of all.  The church has long honoured women in a distinct way, and this is becoming less distinct.  There are some who celebrate the differences and others, both men and women, who dismiss the differences as cultural or otherwise.  The time has come for women to stop hiding behind Mary and Jesus and step up and take up their cross, as Jesus did, and accept their consequential death and rebirth.  The time has come for men to nurture, forgive, and accept the consequences.  Women must engage their spouse, rather than their children, and men must honestly and truthfully accept the consequences of their actions, all of their actions and all of the outcomes, and be responsible for the outcome of their actions.

 The age old optics debate about whether the church is patriarchal or matriarchal has run its course.  The church is both, but from a man's point of view it appears matriarchal, and from a woman's point of view it appears patriarchal.  Both are right. In reality, the time has come to see the church, the Body of Christ, for what it is, a communion of female and male, whole and part.  This elevates women to an equal footing with men, and adds the role of women to the men's role.  We are all persons first, and expressed secondly by our gender.  We must not limit our responsibilities to our gender – men must take full responsibility and nurture as well, and women must get along with one another and deal directly, not obtusely or covertly.  Women must become Christ, as well as Mary, and men must become Mary, as well as Christ.

 The debate whether God is male or female is absurd. He is both and neither.  This is like the story of the women who was widowed seven times and the answer to the question of who would be her husband in the resurrection.  The answer is that in the resurrection there is no need for marriage as we are all and each fulfilled.   This also implies that our earthly life's limitations are expressed in our gender and that when we are fulfilled we do not express gender. We can be fulfilled in this life, if we can take on both genders, and marriage is the greatest opportunity to do so.

 So why do I even use the third person gender at all?  Well in French, there is gender for just about anything, from a stone to a stag, and the stone can change gender depending on the context, from what I understand.  So if one is speaking wholistically about something, they may use a female gender, and if speaking partially about something, they may use a male gender. So it goes with God.  If referring to him as a present substantial being, as a mother, than why not use a female pronoun?  And if referring to him as a loving parent apart, why not use a male pronoun?  This is the best reason I know of for learning French, so sorry Quebec !

 So when I change the quote from Deuteronomy to use the female pronoun, I am actually being more specific as to how infinity will get you if you devote yourself to finite goals at the expense of infinite goals.  The situation will fester and rot all around you until you can no longer stand it.  It won't come as a bolt out of the blue, striking you down in front of astonished onlookers, although it may be overwhelmingly dramatic. The point is that disregarding the totality of your situation brings a total failure, and likewise, disregarding the details, will give meaning to the phrase “The devil is in the details!”

 Furthermore, what is illustrated in all of this animation, is that the other gender is a genuine resource to draw from for the only thing that one lacks.  Does this not sound somewhat like an ultimate source, or an ultimate power, or an ultimate being?  It does.  But what is happening is that a distinction is being made between all this wholistic partial stuff and the actual person of infinity, God.  What has been mired in the opposition of wholism and partiality is revealing itself to be an ultimate power beyond most imagining.  And this revelation is a mere tool to approach infinity, or God, so closely that he may dwell among us, in the Kingdom of Heaven, right here on earth, within one's lifetime.

 Can you imagine waking up next to God?  This is what I understand the Theology of the Body  stuff to be about.  Now I may be incorrect, but I am being sincere and truthful.  The practical solution, devoid of superstition, magic and anything supernatural, is to have one eye on the whole and the other eye on the part, and take advantage of any awareness that may be offered to assist in dealing either with the whole or the part.

 Hanging a painting over someone's certificate is akin to putting one's priorities over another's, and this leads to anger, frustration and retaliation. Better to respect another's gods and have one's gods be respected, than to run roughshod over another's priorities.

 Massah must have been some place where the Hebrew's tested God.  I have, in my whimsical way, illustrated the male spouse sleeping in the Mass celebration at church.  To the best of my knowledge, this never happened, but it has been known to happen, and this would test anyone's patience, including God's, although the man in the foreground is merely amused, as the female spouse is fuming! 


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