• Elpidio Pezzella

Remember To Not Forget

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8 NKJV) Things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart defile a man (Matthew 15:18) and sometimes they are usually evil things. The same mouth, however, is also the door to the stomach, through which we feed our body. Then with it we are called to nourish our spiritual part, and it is in our heart that we must keep the word of God. Guard it so as not to forget it, to make use of it as a light to our foot when the path becomes difficult or meets the dark of the night. The Old Testament and with it the Jewish people are a source of continuous inspiration from which we should draw stimulus and get out of the media development that steals so much time from reading and meditation on Scripture. For the Jews, the study of the Torah is an obligation until the day of death for those who are young or old, rich or poor, healthy or sick, so that the divine words do not go away from your heart day or night. Saturday is dedicated to rest precisely to "observe and remember", to turn the soul to the Creator and thus be reborn spiritually. During the forty days that prepare for Yom Kippur, shofar is played every morning to shake from the numbness. The remembrance of God is even engraved in the flesh with circumcision, the external symbol of the deepest circumcision of the heart. I wish these words of mine were like the sound of the shofar and that the Spirit will enable us all to dedicate the right time to the Book of the law. The people of Israel with their traditions and customs remind us of everyday life influenced by the biblical text. The prayer shawl, which takes its cue from the fringes placed on the garments to remember all the commandments (Numbers 15:37-41), is made of blue thread to evoke the sea, the sea the sky, the sky the divine throne; the four white threads are twisted 39 times, corresponding to the numerical value of Yhwh Echad, "the Lord is one". The tefillà belt, the leather case that is fixed on the forehead and arm in prayer, rolls up on the middle finger like a wedding ring to remember the bond between the groom and the bride (Hosea 2:21-22). On leaving and entering the house, the Jew passes his hand over the case on the right jamb of the door, which reminds us of the words of the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 13-21). How sublime is listening to the Lord. Even if the prayer is like "the pitchfork" that turns the hay, that is capable of overturning the dispositions of God from rigor to mercy, the believer does not pray much to obtain. In fact, the ideal prayer is that never answered by Moses at the entrance of the Promised Land. Then we could say that we pray to remember and become increasingly sensitive to the presence of God and listening to his Word. Unfortunately, the constant risk, beyond distraction, is to become forgetful, and not only in relation to faith. The chronicle of our days testifies to forgetful acts towards the Jewish people victim of Nazi madness, of which we should all be worried but also denouncers. The writer to the Hebrews urges us to keep "our eyes on Jesus, the author and accomplisher of our faith" (12:2) so as not to lose the vocation, the initial zeal and find ourselves asleep on a par with the unwary virgins. Having in mind the memory of the heroes of the past faith, but also of those who preceded us more closely in the faith can certainly feed the fire. Paul exhorted: "Be my imitators ..." In Timothy, his direct disciple, the example of the mother and grandmother whose faith had led him to Christ was alive. God help us to keep the melody of the Gospel alive in our life, because if his music stops being performed, it turns into a beautiful score from the past, but that will no longer know how to break the suffocating monotony that prevents animating hope, thus making sterile all our efforts. If the music of the Gospel stops vibrating in our bowels, we will have lost the joy that comes from compassion.

Devotional 9/2020 Weekly Bible reading plan February 24, Numbers 7-8; Mark 4:21-41 February 25, Numbers 9-11; Mark 5:1-20 February 26, Numbers 12-14; Mark 5:21-43 February 27, Numbers 15-16; Mark 6:1-29 February 28, Numbers 17-19; Mark 6:30-56 February 29, Numbers 20-22; Mark 7:1-13

March 01, Numbers 23-25; Mark 7:14-37

Why Carnival? At the time of the pharaohs, in some situations the masked people, singing hymns and praises, accompanied a parade of oxen that were sacrificed in honor of the god Nile. In chronological order, before the Romans we find the Greeks, who had among many divinities the god of wine Dionysius to whom a particular cult was dedicated. The Greek Dionysius, in the Roman world, became the god Bacchus, and the feast was resumed in the Bacchanals and Saturnalia. Over time, a certain Christianity tried to change clothes at the party. When the church wants to "clothe" corrupt and pagan practices it falls into compromise, mixing light and darkness in a mixture of confusion without truth and freedom. It is preferable then to preach the truth, without imposing anything. If one celebrates Carnival, one wonders what is Christian.

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or follow this seminary (in Italian) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2yDCUKcZtc

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