Tuesday, December 18, 2007

¡No tengas miedo, José! / Do not be afraid, Joseph!

En las lecturas del Adviento podemos encontrar a diferentes personajes a los cuales se les aparece el ángel del señor y les dice: “¡no tengas miedo, María...Zacarías...José!” El autor nos hace saber que la promesa del Señor, anunciada a través de los profetas en el Antiguo Testamento está por cumplirse.

In the Advent readings we can find different people to whom the Angel of the Lord appears and tells them: "Do not be afraid, Mary...Zachariah...Joseph!" The author is letting us know that the promise of the Lord, anounced through the prophets in the Old Testament is about to be fulfilled.

En el caso de José, el ángel del Señor se le aparece en un sueño y le dice, “No tengas miedo…su hijo ha sido concebido por obra del Espíritu santo.” Yo me pregunto que es lo que habrá sentido José. Las escrituras solo nos dicen que él era un hombre justo, y por lo cual es fácil pensar que se haya sentido avergonzado, confundido. Las escrituras no nos dicen mucho. Pero a veces la piedad popular nos presenta a José como un super-hombre, el héroe de María y Jesús. Pero yo creo que en realidad el no nació santo.

In the case of Joseph, the Angel of the Lord appears to him in a dream and tells him, "Do not be afraid...her son has been conceived by the Holy Spirit." I wonder how Joseph felt. The scriptures only tell us that he was a just man, that's why it is easy to think that he must have felt embarrased, confused. The scriptures do not tell us much. But sometimes the popular piety presents Joseph as a superman, as Mary and Jesus' heroe. But I believe that in reality, he was not born a saint.

Yo me pongo a pensar en mi propia experiencia y sé que no es fácil confiar de esa manera. Antes de entrar al postulantado se me ofreció una beca para un doctorado en literatura. La decisión fue bastante difícil. Yo no tuve un ángel del Señor que me clarificara la decisión o me hiciera más fácil tomarla. Lo único que tuve fue un sentimiento de paz bastante gradual que me fue facilitando la decisión. El “¡No tengas miedo!” Se me fue abriendo en el corazón de una manera bastante lenta.

When I think about my own experience I know it is not east to trust in the same way. Before entering the postulancy I was offered a scolarship for a doctorate in literature. The desition was very difficult. I did not have an Angel of God to clarify my desition or make it easier for me to take it. The only thing I had was a very gradual sense of peace that allowed my desition to take shape. The "Do not be afraid!" started to open up in my heart very slowly.

Y yo creo que es eso precisamente lo que pienso acerca de José. No creo que claridad se le presentó de manera inmediata. No creo en esas historias de las palmeras inclinándose ante la sagrada familia...pero creo en la bondad de los seres humanos y creo que eso es precisamente lo que el evangelista nos está tratando de decir. El “¡No tengas miedo!” Se nos seguirá presentando a través de los tiempos y Dios nos seguirá dando la libre opción que nos transformará desde dentro.

I think that is what I believe about Joseph. I do not think that the clarity came to him inmediately. I do not believe in those stories about the plam trees bending to hide the Holy Family...but I believe in the goodness of people and I believe that it is precisely that which the author is triny to tell us. The "Do not be afraid!" will continue to come to us throughout the times and God will continue to give us the free will that will allow us to be transformed from the inside out.

5 comments:

Sr.Nicole Trahan said...

Hi, Helga,
In reading your blog tonight I have to say that I've been praying with the same phrase, "Do not be afraid!" For me, I appreciated the angels words to Joseph that his name would be Emmanuel - God is with us. God is with us! What an amazing statement...
I'm sorry I haven't blogged about the tagged message a while back... thanks for being patient! And thanks for stopping by my blog every once in a while... and more importantly for the prayers. I will continue to pray for you.

Sr.Nicole Trahan said...

Yes, dancing is a great discipline, really. I still miss it. I enjoy watching dance companies now, though.

Kelly_SSJ/A said...

A beautiful post and blog. Thank you for sharing. I have been feeling like i am on the brink of something..but, not sure what..so the theme definetly struck a chord. Prayers go with you.

Lisa said...

I am hopping around the blogosphere to say "Merry Christmas" to my friends. May this first day of Christmas be blessed with peace and serenity and inner joy!

Merry Christmas! And Blessed Feast of the Word Incarnate!!

Bertha said...

You write very well.