Independence and the New Commandment
It was on September 7, 1959 that journalist and radio broadcaster Alziro Zarur (1914-1979) made the Proclamation of the New Commandment of Jesus at the Bonfim Racecourse in the city of Campinas, Brazil.
The day he chose could not have been more appropriate. When Brazil’s political independence is celebrated, it is indispensable to invite populations to be anchored in the spiritually revolutionary New Commandment of the Ecumenical Christ, the Sublime Statesman, and to also reflect upon the precepts presented by Jesus, which is a structure by which we can construct a new world. Why?! Because governance on Earth begins in Heaven. It may not seem so, but it does.
All our hard work in the Institutions of Good Will for a better Brazil and a happier Humanity is based on this Treatise on the New Commandment of Jesus, in conformity with His Gospel according to John 13:34 and 35; 15:12 to 17 and 9: "A New Commandment I give you: Love one another as I have loved you. Only by this shall all of you be recognized as my disciples, if you have the same Love for one another. (...) This is my Commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater Love than to lay down His own Life for his friends. And you are my friends if you do what I command you. And I command you this: love one another as I have loved you. No longer do I call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me; on the contrary, I chose you and appointed you so that you should go and bear good fruit, and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name He may give to you. And this I command you: that you love one another as I have loved you. Therefore, as the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Remain in my Love."
Oh, Jesus, whose mercy sustains us! It is a comfort for Your faithful servants to know that You have chosen us. Thus, we need to live up to Your choice, which has been for us to go throughout the world and bear good fruit, so “that our fruit should remain”. What an important revelation! It is ennobling for the faithful, those who keep themselves in this way—“for whatever you ask the Father in my name (Jesus) He may give to you”. This is the secret of our work, of our perseverance, hence we may deserve these words from the Heavenly Educator.
You said: "Therefore, as the Father has loved me, so have I loved you." And then You made a request. Let us imagine the Supreme Governor of the Earth descending to our quality of spirit, which is so inferior to His, and praying for our own physical and spiritual well-being: "Remain in my Love!”
The Lord’s Prayer
Now let us pray the Ecumenical Prayer of Jesus, the Prayer of the Lord of this planet, which is found in His Gospel according to Matthew 6:9 to 13.
My sisters and brothers, my friends, everybody can say the Lord’s Prayer. It is not restricted to any belief, because it is a universal prayer, in accordance with the all-embracing Spirit of the Ecumenical Christ. Any person, even an atheist (why not?!), can say these words without feeling embarrassed. Aren’t we all the heirs of God? And in this prayer it is the son directing himself to the Father, believing in His merciful existence, or it is the human being talking with his exalted condition as a living creature, when he realizes this. This is the Ecumenical Prayer par excellence:
"Our Father who is in Heaven (and everywhere at the same time), hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom (of Justice and Truth) come. Your Will be done (and let us humbly say: never our will, seeing that we are still learning to have it in its fullness) on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread (the transubstantial bread, the food that does not perish, the food for the Spirit; because bread for the body we will obtain by the sweat of our brow). Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the Kingdom, and the Power and the Glory forever. Amen."