November 17, 2015
The Good News for Today
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the “child of the human race” has come to get and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19)
What made this man change? Do you catch a resonance with this man’s discovery, the sudden generosity that triggered Jesus to name him a “descendant of Abraham”? Are you a child of Abraham? Do you grasp the richness of your common “child of God” faith?
Abraham was a man of faith. Faith is Abraham’s legacy. What did he believe? Too glibly scholars pontificate: “monotheism” as opposed to polytheism. In my view that is like saying the ocean is wet, or the sky is big. What forms his real, personal “faith”—and yours? What do you truly believe in your heart of hearts—that coincides with a belief that religious Jews, Christians and Muslims each finds fundamental?
You and I believe—and it forms the Good News—of Jesus
- “God” means less doctrine than your humble awe at creation;
- Your universe—“God’s” universe—remains dependable—gravity and DNA will work tomorrow as they did today;
- Despite an appearance of indifference, your world comes daily to you as a miraculous Gift worth day-to-day gratitude;
- Your conscience tells you truth, however hard you try to shut it up—and keeps you growing more alive the more you listen;
- Other people—your equal and free fellow creatures under one God—contacts as well as strangers—supply your needs for life and healing in ultimate, complicated and simple ways.
- Kindness and generosity are your ordinary response to all of this as a child of Abraham’s faith.