September 2, 2015

The good news for today

“At sunset, everybody who had people sick with various things wrong brought them to him. He laid his hands on each and healed them. Demons, in particular, also came out from many of them, and would shout, “You are the Son of God.” But He chided them and did not let them speak because they (already) knew that He was the Christ. (Luke 4)

Jesus often shushes people who want to talk about him, who want to preach who He is, who want to describe His miracles.

Contrary to so much of our current culture, Jesus emphasized the doing of charity instead of talking about Him, instead of preaching, and instead of proclaiming their belief. “They’ll know we are Christians by our love”—paraphrasing John 13,35. Jesus shushes His reputation.

DO good! You are called to DO the Will of the Father, to change people’s lives by doing. Your preaching—or even talking about Jesus—must follow what you have done. It is wrong to separate what you do from what you say in this matter. Shut up, if you don’t do quiet, unspoken good deeds Jesus calls you to—visiting, listening, providing for, grieving with, uttering quiet words of understanding, acknowledging the worth of others—and respect for all of God’s world.

This way, you free the one you are listening to, the one you are providing for (no matter how grumpy, sarcastic or bitter that person is), the grieving (who needs to hear silent presence from you) and so on.

And you have your silent demons, the ones denied, the wordless motives and additions threading their way through your choices. The Good News is that “holy” people are there for you—people who tell you the truth, who care and help you, and who guide you with wisdom.


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