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Apr 6, 2012





RENAISSANCE

Le temps du Carême et de la Pâques a été maintes fois
affublé des plus belles vertus:
car c'est, selon chacun qui en parle,
un temps de retour à la vie après une longue hibernation.

C'est le cas pour toute la nature qui nous entoure
dans ce contexte urbain nord-américain
et c'est le cas pour chacun d'entre nous également -
surtout ceux qui n'aiment pas l'hiver!

Le temps du calendrier qui nous intéresse ici
est celui d'une régénérescence intérieure, également -
un temps de renouveau, un temps où tous reviennent à la vie
grâce aux jours plus longs, moins déressifs.
plus lumineux grâce à un soleil plus persistant,
plus flamboyant, beaucoup moins timide et rare
qu'en saison hivernale.

Le printemps s'entame, donc, et d'ores et déjà
tout renaît à la vie - tel Jésus-Christ réssuscité.

Et c'est alors que notre foi chrétienne se ravive également;
pas qu'elle été comateuse depuis la fin de l'automne, loin de là.
Noël n'aura été magique qu'à cause de notre foi;
certes pas grâce aux festivités mercantiles
avant et après la date choisie pour célébrer
l'Avènement de notre Sauveur.

Similairement, le temps de l'Avent et la fête de la Pâque
nous sont spéciales par le Souvenir de Son Sacrifice pour nous -
et ce que tel geste implique de notre part.

Le Christ sur la Croix, et sa Résurrection, nous invite au renouveau,
au changement, afin que nous aussi nous puissions réssusciter.

Jean-Baptiste, en préarant le chemin pour la Venue du Christ,
nous le disait bien: repentez-vous, changer -
d'attitude, de comportement!

Luc 13, versets un à neuf, nous reparle de cette nécessité
de changer de vie de façon tout aussi convaincante puisque,
cette fois, c'est par la bouche du Christ lui-même
que le message est livré:

1 A cette éoque survinrent quelques personnes
qui informèrent Jésus que Pilate avait fait tuer des Galiléens
pendant qu'ils offraient leurs sacrifices.

2 Jésus leur dit:
---Pensez-vous que ces Galiléens ont subi un sort si cruel
parce qu'ils étaient de plus grands pêcheurs
que tous leurs compatriotes?

3 Non, je vous le dis; mais vous,
si vous ne changez pas, vous périrez tous, vous aussi.

4 Rappelez-vous ces dix-huit personnes qui ont été tuées
quand la tour de Siloé s'est effondrée sur elles.
Croyez-vous qu'elles aient été plus coupables
que tous les autres habitants de Jérusalem?

5 Non, je vous le dis; mais vous aussi,
si vous ne changez pas, vous périrez tous.

6 Là-dessus, il leur raconta cette parabole:
---Un homme avait un figuier dans sa vigne.
Un jour, il voulut y cueillir des figues, mais n'en trouva pas.

7 Il dit alors à celui qui s'occupait de sa vigne:
«Voilà trois ans que je viens chercher des figues à cet arbre,
sans pouvoir en trouver. Arrache-le;
je ne vois pas pourquoi il occupe la place inutilement.»

8 «Maître, lui réondit l'homme, laisse-le encore cette année!
Je bêcherai encore la terre tout autour et j'y mettrai du fumier;

9 peut-être qu'il portera du fruit à la saison prochaine.
Sinon, tu le feras arracher.»


Il n'est jamais trop tard pour renaître -
chaque printemps nous redonne l'opportunité de nous renouveler,
de nous défaire de nos fautes; en demandant pardon,
en se rapprochant de Dieu.

C'est alors que les chances se décuplent
que nous puissions porter fruit, dès la saison prochaine,
si telle est la Volonté de Dieu et son Plan pour nous, bien sûr.

Il n'en tient qu'à nous alors de renaître,
comme notre Père Céleste le souhaite pour nous.
De réssusciter, comme Jésus-Christ qui triompha de
l'incommensurable obstacle qu'était la mort -
jusqu'à ce qu'il la vainque, pour nous.

Il nous en donne la chance - à nous tous -
se refusant à retrancher qui que ce soit
sans leur avoir donner la chance de se repentir,
de changer, de renaître.

Cette Pâques-ci, naissons de nouveau
et une bonne fois pour toutes.

Renaissons - à son Image.




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REBIRTH


Lent and Easter time has repeatedly been characterized
of the finest virtues: as it is, after all
-just ask anyone who speaks of it-
a time of awakening, back to life after a long hibernation.

This is the case for all of nature that surrounds us
in this North American urban setting
and this is the case for all of us too -
especially those who do not like winter so much!

The calendar period of interest here is truly a time
of inner regeneration, also - a time of renewal,
a time when all come to life thanks to the longer days,
far less depressing as they are brighter thanks to a more
persistent, more flamboyant sun, not-so shy anymore
nor as elusive as it had been all through winter.

Spring has sprung, therefore, and already everything is reborn to life -
just as Jesus Christ resurrected, verily.

And that's when our Christian faith is also revived;
although it had not been comatose since the late fall, far from it.
Christmas could only have been magical thanks to our faith;
certainly not through mercantilist festivities before and after
the date chosen to celebrate the coming of our Savior.

Similarly, the season of Advent and the feast of Easter are special
in remembrance of His Sacrifice for us -
and what such an Act implies on our part, too.

Christ on the Cross and His Resurrection
invites us to our own renewal, change, rebirth
so that we too can be resurrected.

John the Baptist, preparing the way for the coming of Christ, said it well:
repent, change - in attitude, in behaviour!

Luke 13, verses one through nine, talks of the need to change your life
in an equally convincing way since, this time,
it is through the mouth of Christ himself
that the great message is delivered:

1 At that time a few people came who told Jesus
that Pilate had murdered Galileans
while they offered their sacrifices.

2 Jesus said to them:
--- Do you think that these Galileans suffered a fate so cruel
because they were sinners above all their compatriots?

3 No, I tell you, but you if you do not change,
you will all perish, too.

4 Remember these eighteen people who were killed
when the tower of Siloam collapsed on them.
Do you think they were more guilty
than all the other inhabitants of Jerusalem?

5 No, I tell you, but you also, if you do not change,
you will all perish.

6 Thereupon he told them this parable:
--- A man had a fig tree in his vineyard.
One day he wanted to pluck figs, but found none.

7 Then he said to one who took care of his vineyard,
'For three years I come seeking figs on this tree,
but could not find. Pluck it out,
I do not see why it occupies the place unnecessarily. "

8 "Master, the man replied,
'Let it alone this year! I will still work the land all around it
and I will put on manure;

9 perhaps it will bear fruit next season.
Otherwise, you will have it pulled out. "



It is never too late to be reborn - each spring gives us
the opportunity to renew ourselves, rid ourselves of our great
many flaws; by asking for forgiveness, getting closer to God.

It is then that the chances are increased tenfold
so that we can bear fruit next season,
if such is the Will of God and His plan for us, of course.

It is up to us, then, to be reborn, like our Heavenly Father wishes for us.
To ultimately be born anew, as Jesus Christ who overcame
the greatest obstacle of all, death, from which none escape -
until He overcame it, for us.

We are all given the chance - every single one of us here!
The Lord casts out none without their having been given the chance
to repent, to change, to be reborn.

This Easter time, let us be born again
- and once and for all.

Reborn - in His Image.




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NASCER DE NOVO


O tempo da Quaresma e da Páscoa tem sido repetidamente
embelizado para fora das melhores virtudes:
como ela é, de acordo com todos os crentes,
um tempo de volta à vida depois de uma longa hibernação.

Isto é o caso de toda a natureza que nos rodeia nesta
sociedade urbana Norte Americana
e isto é o caso para todos nós também -
especialmente aqueles que não gostam do inverno!

O tempo do calendário de interesse aqui é um tempo de
regeneração interior, também -
um tempo de renovação, um momento em que todos vêm à vida
graças aos dias mais longos, menos deprimidos.
graças a um sol brilhante mais persistente,
mais exuberante mesmo; muito menos tímido de que é no inverno.

A primavera começa, portanto, e já tudo renasce para a vida -
tal qual como Jesus Cristo ressuscitado.

E isso é quando a nossa fé Cristão também revive;
não que estava em coma desde o outono, longe disso.
Natal terá sido mágico por causa da nossa fé,
certamente não através de festividades mercantilistas
antes e depois da data escolhida para celebrar
a vinda de nosso Salvador.

Da mesma forma, o tempo do Advento e da festa da Páscoa,
são especiais em memória de Seu Sacrifício por nós -
e o que tal gesto implica da nossa parte.

É so ver Cristo na Cruz e A Sua Ressurreição
e nós somes convidados a uma grande mudança dentro de nós,
no nosso coração e na nossa alma,
para que nós também possamos ser ressuscitados.

João Batista, preparando o caminho para a vinda de Cristo,
lhe disse muito bem: muda, arrepender-se -
no comportamento como na atitude, em palavras e obras!

Lucas 13, versículos de um a nove, fala da necessidade
de mudar a sua vida de maneira convincente também,
muito convincente mesmo já que desta vez
é através da boca do prório Cristo
que a mensagem é entregue:

1 Naquela éoca sobrevida algumas pessoas
que disseram a Jesus que Pilatos tinha assassinado Galileus,
enquanto eles ofereciam os seus sacrifícios.

2 Jesus disse-lhes:
--- Você acha que esses Galileus sofrerem um destino tão cruel
porque eles eram mais pecadores do que todos os seus compatriotas?

3 Não, vos digo, mas se vocês não mudarem,
vocês vão morrer todos, também.

4 Lembre-se de estas dezoito pessoas que morrerem
quando a torre de Siloé caiu sobre eles.
Você acha que eles eram mais culpados do que
todos os outros habitantes de Jerusalém?

5 Não, digo-vos, mas também, se você não mudar,
vocês vão morrer todos.

6 Então disse-lhes esta parábola:
--- Um homem tinha uma figueira na sua vinha.
Um dia ele queria arrancar figos, mas não encontreu nenhum.

7 Então ele disse a alguém que tinha o cuidado de sua vinha:
'Há três anos venho procurar figos nesta árvore,
mas não conseguiu encontrar.
Arranca-o, não vejo por que ocupa o lugar desnecessariamente."

8 "Mestre, o homem respondeu:
'Deixe-a este ano! Eu ainda trabalherai a terra a roda
e coloquerei em estrume;

9 talvez ai ele vai ter temporada de frutas que vão vir a ser.
Caso contrário, você fará com que ele serà arracando."



Nunca é tarde demais para vir de novo a Vida -
cada primavera nos dá a oportunidade para renovar-nos,
livrar-nos de nossos defeitos, purificar-se;
pedindo perdão pelo nos pecados,
puxando mais perto de nosso Deus.

É então assim que as chances são aumentadas dez vezes
do nos ver a produzir fruto de seguinte,
se essa é a Vontade de Deus e Seu Plano para nós, é claro.

Cabe a nós, em seguida, para renascer,
como nosso Pai Celestial quer para nós.
Para reviver, como Jesus Cristo,
que superou o obstáculo imensurável que era a morte -
até que Ele Venceu ela, por nós.

Istò nos dá a chance - para todos nós -
porque Deus É Bom,
Infinita Bondade,
recusando-se a recuar ninguém
sem terem a oportunidade de mudar,
de se arrepender, de renascer.

Nesta Páscoa, agora, vamos nascer de novo, gente -
e uma vez por todas.

Renascer - a Sua Imagem.


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