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July 5, 2015

The good news for today

 

Jesus goes home to Nazareth, and those with “little faith” reject Him: “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.”

As a real prophet—yesterday and today—you do not so much predict the future, but you see what is wrong in the current world that can lead to bad results. The prophet speaks truth uncomfortable to culture. As a prophet, you say, “If you keep going this way, disaster—the reef, the flood across the road, some catastrophe—lies ahead.”

You are like a doctor diagnosing an ailment that is really there—and its future development. You are a teacher warning a lazy, indifferent or apathetic student about failure. You are a mother telling the little child not to touch the hot stove. You are one who sees the truth—the whole truth—and tells it to your world.

His hometown Nazareth rejected Jesus as a prophet. The people where he grew up lacked faith, the bible says, and so he could not work mighty deeds there.

If you follow Jesus in this regard–your eyes open to the whole truth, those people nearest and dearest to you will often respond the same way as Nazareth did. At best apathetic and indifferent, at worst contrary to your best efforts, those around you resist seeing what you see, resist being alive to the values you are so conscious of.

Someone may say to you disdainfully, “You talk as though people are interested in what you are saying.” Or: “I have no idea what you are talking about—let’s talk sports!” or: “What makes you think you can talk to us about this stuff? It just isn’t important to us here.”

The Good News? Like Jesus, you touch the lonely, hungry heart who listens to you, contrary to the hubbub of popular opinion; someone listens and takes it to heart, like Mary, and ponders it there hidden from the world. Your truth-telling announces the coming of salvation to that person—and, while no “mighty deed” gets done, a heart—unknown to you—opens to the seed, the fertile Word of God that you are speaking.

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