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July 7, 2015

The good news for today

Jesus does miracles and sees the need for them: At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned,

Jesus sees people as “troubled” and you and I have his eyes—to see or not to see.

You see everyone around you—your spouse, your children, casual acquaintances, old friends, a one-time meeting in the next car in the parking lot.

How do you see others? Do you see them with a sense of your own superiority and rightness? Or do you see them as hiding so much anguish, fear, loneliness and hope in their hearts.

If you see them as Jesus does, and speak in that tone of voice, with that sense of service and respect—you will work miracles. You will see the mute person (of whom today’s Gospel writes) begin to speak—to share his hidden agony, his fear of sharing, and his hurting heart. You will see the introvert find comfort and blossom; you will see the extrovert rein in impulses and trespasses and blunders—so that they too begin to serve others.

You are the bearer of Good News, you are the goodness of God breaking into their lives because you SEE beyond appearances into the hearts of others. Your Good News is your vision, and the miraculous results that come from what you see. You see the need and hunger, the poverty of spirit and the grief, the guilt and despair.

And in that insight, that burden, you become the hope they seek, the companion they need, and miracle-worker that each, often unwittingly, is waiting for. You are the hope others have waited for so silently.

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