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January 12, 2016

The good news for the day

Jesus came to Capernaum with people following him; on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue where he would teach. The public was surprised at his teaching, because he was educating them as somebody authentic, and not like so many educated persons. (Mark 1, 21)

The authentic person appeals to you and me. Whether a TV comedian, a prominent politician, a religious leader—or a potential spouse—you like someone who is frank, simple—real! They surprise you in what they say and how they say it. These days, you see authenticity in this Pope Francis, in one or the other politician running for office, and in a few TV commentators. You feel—you notice—its absence in others.

The word in the Gospel for authenticity (The Greek ex-ousia) means “power”—power arising from what and who you are. “Out of the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks,” says Jesus. And that says it well.

You are called to be authentic—to unite your mind, heart, soul—and mouth. Not to echo cultural hate or fear, nor saying what folks want to hear. Certainly not just to reprise what you learned from “teacher -scribes.”

As you acquire His Spirit of compassion, equality and service—and share your human condition with poor, ordinary persons—you resonate with Jesus in His profound authenticity. Even religious people may speak authentically—but produce a darkness from their pride and instinctual fears—their superiority over people not felt to be human enough.

You recognize and acknowledge our shared state as children of our one Father. Having accepted suffering, your heart speaks care for all your brothers or sisters, in humility and service

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