quinta-feira, janeiro 11, 2007

Se alguém te bater na face direita...

No outro dia ouvi alguém dizer o seguinte: "Jesus não teria morrido na cruz se tivesse dito que era cidadão romano. [...] S. Paulo, que não estava lá muito interessado nisso de dar a outra face, disse que queria ser ouvido por César." Fiquei a pensar, sobretudo no facto de esse Paulo ser mesmo um aldrabão, mas isso é assunto para outro post. A questão hoje é outra. Nunca tinha pensado na Cruz como sendo "dar a outra face", mas esse era de facto um dos ensinamentos de Jesus:

"Ouviste o que foi dito: olho por olho e dente por dente. Eu, porém, digo-vos: Não oponhais resistência ao mau. Mas, se alguém te bater na face direita, oferece-lhe também a outra. Se alguém quiser debater-se contigo para te tirar a túnica, dá-lhe também a capa. E se alguém te obrigar a acompanhá-lo durante uma milha, caminha com ele duas. Dá a quem te pede e não voltes as costas a quem te pedir emprestado."
(Mateus 5, 38-42)

Dar a outra face. Este é provavelmente o ensinamento mais incompreendido de todos os que Jesus deixou. Não parece lógico deixar que façam de nós gato e sapato sem levantar um dedo sequer para o impedir. Se alguém nos bate, não nos devemos defender? Que ensinamento é este que nos diz para sermos de bom grado o tapete dos outros?

Evidentemente, não é esta a mensagem. Gandhi costumava dizer, "olho por olho e acabamos todos cegos". Se alguém te arranca um olho, de que serve arrancar-lhe um também? O mais provável é que depois surja o desejo de vingança da vingança e quando já não houver olhos se arranquem dentes e corações. Violência gera violência, isto é um facto. E o ciclo vicioso da vingança é outra coisa que não tem fim. Mas se no meio de isto tudo alguém decidir parar e em vez de atacar, não opor resistência (não replicar), tudo acaba. Combater a violência com paz, o ódio com amor. Este é o ensinamento.

Jesus disse: "Felizes os mansos, porque possuirão a terra (terra prometida, Reino de Deus). Felizes os pacificadores, porque serão chamados filhos de Deus." Ele é o Príncipe da Paz, confirmado pelas suas palavras e acções. Conselhos como "dar a outra face" parecem difíceis de seguir - são! - mas vieram da boca do J, e ele sabia do que estava a falar...

Se quisermos, podemos também dar ouvidos a Oscar Wilde, um homem infalivelmente brilhante: "Perdoa sempre os teus inimigos - nada os irrita mais."

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Uma grande verdade!
Se vamos todos começar a vingarmo-nos de tudo e todos entramos num ciclo que nunca mais acaba.
Uma coisa muito difícil de acontecer, mas enfim..*

Alexx disse...

Era tão bom que todos déssemos mais ouvidos a esses grandes senhores que sabiam o que diziam e escutavam a verdade no vento... Haveria muito mais paz, muito menos guerra, muito mais tolerância, muito menos ódio, muito mais amor... E então datas como o Natal fariam finalmente sentido!

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