How long do you mean to hobble
first on one leg then on the other?
I was day dreaming…
A small boy, still innocent and inquisitive,
“Mum, does Jesus cry sometimes?”
“Yes he does, my son. The problem is
no one cares!
We are too busy. We have so many things
Was this mother right?
Is there anyone concerned about a baby
with cold in a manger?
Is there anyone who is any longer disturbed
watching a stripped person dangling
Do we lose any sleep on this terrible
that they (we) did on this man?
We have too many errands to make.
Too much stress to face.
Too many balloons to blow.
We live in deception.
but… their eyes betray a deep interior
All shining on the outside but on the
all is heavy.
Many times we cheerfully greet each
but our hearts is full of envy.
How many times we just lock ourselves
hemmed in by our four walls
and do not bother, or dare even to
Rule number one for several :
Learn to fend for yourself, because
is going to scratch your back.
Give someone an inch and they'll take
And then we go tranquilly to Church.
And we are friends of the priests.
We feel so good about ourselves and
Time to ask ourselves a vital question
Why did Jesus Christ come into the
To help us forget our worries?
To facilitate our flight from the hassles
of our everyday lives?
To alienate us a bit more?
To make our life more comfortable and
Is this what Christianity is about?
A life without risks?
A life full of compromises?
Befriending the god-money and God-Jesus
After all these years of Christianity,
we understood anything?
Following Jesus means following His
to the Cross.
Following Jesus means suffering his
They will put us aside
as they did with him in Bethlehem.
They will call us fools
as they called him a fool.
They will scourge us,
as they scourged him.
They will make fun of us,
as they made fun of him.
When you love like him,
one day or another
your heart will be pierced
because you will have loved too much,
your legs will be broken
because you will have walked too much,
your hands will be pierced
because you will have embraced too
your life will finish on a cross
as His life finished on a cross.
"And the Word of Yahweh came to him
‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’
‘I am full of jealous zeal for Yahweh,
Sabaoth, because the Israelites have
Then he was told:
‘Go out and stand on the mountain,
before the Lord’.
For at that moment Yahweh was going
A mighty hurricane split the mountains.
But Yahweh was not in the hurricane.
And after the hurricane, an earthquake,
But Yahweh was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, fire.
But Yahweh was not in the fire.
And after the fire, a light murmuring
And when Elijah heard this, he covered
face with his cloak,
And went out and stood at the entrance
Then a voice came to him, which said:
‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ ”
(1 Kings 19.9-13)
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