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October 2, 2015

The good news for today

Jesus calls down woes on communities He has tried to change: “ …as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be celebrated to the sky? You will fade into the ground… ‘Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. Whoever rejects me rejects the One who sent me.” (Luke 10)

These words reflect humiliation, frustration and anger Jesus felt from real people who chose not to listen to Him. Notice that list of “rejections”—you, then “Me,” and finally “the one who sent me.”

The Good News—and a terrifying insight—lies hidden in this ladder of responsibility, this box in boxes—and the reality that it implies.

What Jesus says implies that you—every “you”—present a face of God, a voice of God, a Presence, a hand of divinity inside the glove of your lifetime. Anyone who rejects you—your truth, your conscience, your efforts—no matter how saintly or sinful—is rejecting someone come from our Creator-Father. It is not a question whether you or someone is good or bad, rich or poor, wise or stupid. These are irrelevant. Who you are is what you offer others—and the needier you are (the Gospels point this out elsewhere), the closer you are to God. The worse the sinner—the more need!

Obviously you do not accept sin, betrayal, and the traditional evils of pride, greed and lust in yourself or others What God accepts and asks you not to reject, however, is the person—the imperfect living soul, the heart of the sinner—hurting, hoping, and hungering.

Ordinary culture rejects sinners, disdains poor persons, and condemns weakness. God does not—nor do you! The Good News is that you and all persons needing help are “of God.”

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