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September 21, 2015

The good news for today

Jesus tells us: “Nothing’s hidden that won’t become visible, and nothing’s secret enough that it will not be known and come to light–Take care, then, how you hear—To anyone who has, more will be given, and from someone who doesn’t have anything, even what he seems to have will be taken away.” (Luke 8)

These sayings make sense both in the world we observe, and in the “kingdom of heaven”—the realm of what is right.

Jesus takes what we see and hear, reminds us, and then suggests an “under”-life—the layer of truth that proves the obvious and turns it on its head—the paradoxes of life. “First shall be last,” “greatest shall be least,” “if you have more, you will have even more and somebody who has less will be deprived of it.” The unfairness of life.

Nothing hidden stays hidden—true! It all comes out in the end. You think of personal and political secrets—a friend’s drinking, a woman’s temper, or a hypocritical congressman. But Jesus is talking not to them, but to you and me.

You hide from yourself—a failure to love God the way you should, a secret sense of inadequacy, furtive small addictions, faking it in public now and then, and disbelief in some things you have believed all your life. We sinners like to hide such truths—even from ourselves.

The Good News is that you do hear the warning of Jesus—in your heart you know secrets—and how little you are! God is great, God is good. So you stop hiding your littleness, and let it shine like a candle. You admit your weakness, fears, and failures—and they become Good News to the world.

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