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4 stories of Christmas I In Bethlehem, Caleb meets the door. Seeing him who knocks, opens it immediately, while the visito...
4 Stories Of Christmas   Frei Betto
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4 Stories Of Christmas Frei Betto

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4 Stories Of Christmas Frei Betto

  1. 1. 4 stories of Christmas I In Bethlehem, Caleb meets the door. Seeing him who knocks, opens it immediately, while the visitor insists on banging, as if to bring down the wall. The woman, slain, asks who he is. My brother. Jose? She asks. Yes, had the nerve to get pregnant a couple of Nazareth without ever having married, as required by our law. Now comes with pregnant woman (buchuda) seek shelter in our house. How shall I welcome those who violate the precepts dictated by Yahweh to Moses? Let them seek another parish. II Eliezer held, finally, his old dream: a small farm near Bethlehem in the pasture, mixed cows, goats and lambs. Mounted a wooden trough and pitched around a sheet of bamboo covered with palm leaves. At dawn, Ephraim, pastor hired by the landlord, hits hard on the outside of the window. The boss, sleepy, as nightmares seem to get the news: " They invaded their land, my lord. It has a couple camped there in the stall. I heard a kid crying. It seems that the woman gave birth to a boy." " Tell the guard. At sunrise take care of them out there," mutters Eleazar interested in going back to sleep. Next day, the Journal of Bethlehem gives a headline: " Family homeless and landless invade farm on the outskirts of town. In the body of the news: A girl of Nazareth, pregnant by a carpenter, took birth in the middle pasture. The child is male. III Guided by the Star of David, the three queens magas, Ada, Miriam and Sela, come to the manger. After praising the Lord, a warm chicken broth to Mary, Joseph and eat unleavened bread stuffed with chick peas, wash the baby's diapers, sweep the barn. When looking at the water fountain, said to each other: " The boy does not resemble his father ..." IV The news of the birth of the child does not take long to reach the palace of Herod in Jerusalem. He is alarmed, after all, is the king of the Jews, despite the Arab blood flowing in his veins. Know, however, that's days are numbered, eaten by cancer. The proximity of death terrifies as much as the omens that threaten the throne. Calls to Corinth, commander of the guard, to convene a meeting in the palace of the chief priests and the lawyers, the scribes. The invitation brought by Corinth leaves Annas excited. At heart, it is the true king of Palestine. Join us in the company of two dozen members of the Sanhedrin - the supreme council of Jewish power, comprising 71 outstanding, of which he provided high priest, is president. Herod is introduced in the lounge on board a bed of ivory held by four slaves. Annas can barely keep her curiosity to know why such an unexpected call. The king wants to know the Sanhedrin where and when to be born the Messiah that both waiting. Gamaliel Cofia his beard fan and says, " was born in Bethlehem in Judea, as it is spoken by the prophet Micah - And thou Bethlehem, in no way are the lowest among the cities of Judah, since from you shall come to me who should Israel guide. When this occurs - to excuse the lawyer - is not within the reach of our knowledge. " Herod does not accept that its sovereignty is challenged by rumors about a boy messiah. Orders the guard special operations, led by broad-Tirano, go to Bethlehem and go to the sword all male children under two years old. At dawn, troops occupy Bethlehem Herodian scouts go from house to house. Ordered that all the boys in her lap, and those who do not walk steadily, are brought to the streets by their mothers. The other women should remain indoors with doors and windows closed, in the company of men and children. Everyone Bethlehem senses that this time, Azrael, the angel of destruction, turned against her. Mothers are separated from their children, naked, are lying side by side along the streets. Babies cry a cry of abandonment, insistent, as if to presage a move eagerly to suck the air that soon could no longer breathe. Faces facing the walls of houses and walls and guarded by soldiers, mothers scratch the stones with nails and wash the moss with tears. After observing each child looking for some trace messianic Tyrant gives the signal for the sticking. The executioner crouches, pulls the victim's head to stretch the neck, raises the knife, and a blow, separating the head from the body. Some mothers, desperate, dare to turn toward the children, are silenced by the blade of the knife to them running through the heart. Tyrant is the edge of his sword women who bore the siege of the sentries and embrace the children as if to make them return to the womb. Since that tragic morning in Bethlehem, the mighty cruel became known as tyrants. Frei Betto, a theologian and writer.<br />

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