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July 12, 2015

The good news for today – Sunday July 12, 2015

Jesus sends his Apostles out: “…So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons,

Here is a snapshot of you at work. You preach repentance by your life style, your words and actions, and your whole attitude. Repentance, of course, does not mean show-offing, fasting or proclaiming your own goodness at all.

You repent when you wake up to what is good, what is doing good—and acting humbly, and admitting uncomfortable truths. You repent when you acknowledge how your life is both gift—and ever needy! You repent when you find the curious joy that comes with seeing the beauty in a homeless person, when you realize the hunger for justice in the “ordinary” person, and when you appreciate the welcome on the part of someone imprisoned, whether in jail, or homebound, or just “caught.” You repent as you re-discover childhood wonder and adult gratitude. You repent when you see everyone as your equal in the family of God.

That change in you drives out demons—the loneliness and superiority that bedevil you, the cancerous fear that someone might discover your faults, your enslavement to childhood notions of obedience, with the anxiety to please or surpass others, and the lust to keep proving that you are better than others.

In other words, the Good News means you too can be—and maybe are already—grown up to God’s awesome world, alert and receptive to what is outside your self and your own interests. You recognize truth not as some preconceived idea, memorized catechism or “what you have been taught,” but what God has created independent of you. You love other people for what they are, not for what you want them to be. You have changed—repented—into finding that mysterious freedom—from demons—which loving others for themselves truly means—that blessing, that shared sovereignty within the Kingdom of God.

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