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October 9, 2015

The good news for today

Jesus offers food for thought. Accused of being “chief-demon,” He challenges you: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Luke 11)

Demons exist—not red, horned, ugly and tailed ectoplasms—but very real, subtle, interior motives that trigger you and me to do things. You and I do not want to admit this reality—that you are a controlled being. Culture, comfort zones, and half-truths can seduce you and blind you into a habit harmful to yourself and others.

Jesus offers basic Good News: If you are “with Him,” you are not being controlled by demons. What does that mean in the real world?

First of all, it means that you care for others—you focus outside yourself. You become interested, courageous, accepting, and thoughtful about people you encounter. You learn names and avoid prejudicial judgment and labels. You see a face and look for the soul. You recognize everyone as fellow humans—mixtures of good and bad. You see a child of God in front of you, no matter the appearance.

Secondly, you acknowledge that everybody—you and I and them—wrestles against hidden demons. Truth be told, you and I have listened to half-truths, avoided uncomfortable choices, kept silent at wrong times, and tempted God by asserting me-me-me.

Now is the acceptable time to be “with Jesus”—with His family, and with all God’s children—with all of creation. Do what’s hard. Work for peace. Share grief. Say “yes”! Concede truth. Appreciate good. Do not judge. Admit mistakes. Ask forgiveness. Change your mind—today is the Day of the Lord. Today, you look at the world afresh!

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