Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jesus and the Samaritan Refugee at the Well

The powerful drugs the Bear is required to take so Fish, Game and Wildlife's Large Talking Predators Department  will allow him to walk freely among men just aren't powerful enough sometimes.

You see, in our parish, we recently learned that the Samaritan woman at the well was really "a refugee."

Now, the Bear knows Pope Francis and liberals have shoved refugees down our throats like Jorge B. slinging it at a Buenos Aires coprophagia party. Refugees are the flavor of the month. Meanwhile, homosexuals, Blacks, and other people on the periphery of our awareness (which is where I have banished Francis) are eye-rolls, get-losts, and move-alongs.

Try the Dalia Lama. He's looking for relevance these days.

Sorry, but live by the virtue signaling of others, die by the virtue signaling of others. It was never about you in the first  place, Sunshine, as you may be figuring out, but probably aren't.

Anyway, the story is now given current relevance by turning the Samaritan woman into a refugee. That's the deal, see. Jesus never realized it, of course, nor did John the Evangelist, but now we have after all these centuries.

The real story of the Samaritans began when they were forcibly removed by the Assyrians. They got a good dose of paganism, intermarried, came back, worshiped idols for awhile then invented a new religion sort of based on Judaism. Kind of like Pope Francis did with the Catholic Church. The woman at the well shows Samaritans already had the merciful Franciscan view of divorce and remarriage, since she had five husbands.

Oh, and by the way, the Lenten penitential service will be held next... Oh, what's that? Never. Fine with the Bear. Just blow off the whole freaking thing. If my parish is Catholic, my name is Paddington. Who should have eaten Jorge in his crib, but didn't because he's a poor excuse for a Bear.

11 comments:

  1. Yes, indeed. I received something not dis-similar that Sunday as well. I wrote something to a friend, which I shall place here at the end.

    There is a real need to represent the Gospel to a modern western world that knows it not and what it knows of it, the modern world doesn't know is wrong. But the way that this is gone about is so ham-fisted, filled with falsehoods, and done from a misguided need to preen and obtain approval that it will make anyone who has ever read the Bible violently ill.

    ------ Today at Mass, the reading with The Woman at the Well. So often the homily for today is just a swing and a miss, focusing on something about Jesus acting outside of expected cultural norms. Sort of, but not really. Jesus is acting outside of Jewish cultural norms or Talmudic norms, but not outside of the Torah. There is nothing affirming or accompanying about His conversation with the woman. Rather, it is, as always, Jesus inviting people to come to where He is -- to enter into a right relationship with God the Father. Jesus is inviting the woman to move on from her rut, her cycle of coming to draw from the well of her ancestors, of her five husbands, and return to the original well and source that springs truly from the Jews, but even then not to get stuck there (as so many Jews would) but to seek the fulfillment of the Law and the Messiah who brings the water that brings eternal life. It is about letting go....of both what is wrong and what is the promise when the fulfillment comes. ----

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  2. In the Septuagint and Vulgate, Jesus says : "For you have had five men, and the man whom you now have isn't your man. You have spoken this truly." - John 4:18

    I realize that there isn't a word for 'husband' in Latin or Greek, it's just 'man', but I can't for the life of me understand why it isn't translated as above. Not only does it clarify that Jesus isn't necessarily saying that she's been married multiple times, which would be possible if the husbands had kept dying (I guess), but it's possible that he's including some fornication, which would help explain her shock and hailing Him as a prophet. I'd love clarification on that.

    Meanwhile, at Mass, I was told that this was an example of 'accompaniment'.

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  3. OH MAN!...SO LOVELY!!!....I don't want you to go blind or anything; if the font needs to be bigger that's no big deal, but you got the sweetness back!...it's home again :)
    I'm snuffling thru a big pile of pine needles as we speak! :):):)

    Where'd all the other recent posts go?

    And as to this post....didn't you leave that temple of baal a couple of weeks ago?

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    1. Poor Bear Blind now. Phone and tablet people writing nast emails they can't read it now. Even St. Jerome was hated for his translation. People wanted their poorly done Vetus. And even the translators of the 1611 version spent many pretty funny words predicting how much criticism they were going to get.

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    2. sooooo sad. :(

      Bear....it's your blog....people love it and they love you; that's a really good thing. Just make it read-able (nobody cares if you change font size and incidental stuff), but keep the charm of the woodland, staying true to your namesake. I thought the last iteration was actually pretty good (the one with the green background and sidebar on the left), if you had only kept the bear header (and a link to the story of the burdened bear). The artwork that you've always chosen is a big part of the charm. If it's read-able for the more technologically attracted, that's great. I just hated to see the 'woodlands' that you had lovingly built, and
      that others had lovingly surrendered themselves to, turn into just another slick looking, sensually sterile blog that didn't have the charm that lured me (and no doubt many others) into the wardrobe in the first place. Like I said in a previous comment (now apparently lost...what the heck happened to the last month's worth of posts?) ...it's a full experience of the senses and a much needed suspension of reality. And the critters really do seem to know and like each other...even when they're giving each other (and you) crap. :):):)

      Seriously....do what you want and what you feel is right....but do it with prayer (and ask St. Maurus straight up what he would do...just remember thought, he was a monk, and they move in glacial time).....DON'T EAT HIM(!)

      God bless you, and be on the lookout for a small parcel (maybe today; surely by tomorrow)....it should give you a much-needed bear chuckle. :) Salmon to follow soon.

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  4. Wait, what, whither the newer posts? I really liked the Rendez-Vous with Death one.

    I should probably comment when I really like something.

    Ooooohhh, you're done with the Lent series, I realize whilst typing. Still miss the others tho (and the Lent ones, I look forward to buying them).

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  5. As a friend pointed out to me when I shared this post, this "the woman at the well was a refugee" stuff is the sort of nonsense that gives Catholics a reputation for knowing nothing about Scripture. I'm actually surprised that this came from your parish and not from the Social Worker In Chief with the white hat. Or maybe it did originate there. Sigh.

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  6. I used to hear that Jesus was the refugee, now its the woman at the well? Who's next?!

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  7. About previous posts... I dunno. I have seldom been at such loose ends. If anyone reads this far back, look forward to Judging Angels this week!

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