January 23, 2016
The good news for the day
With his disciples Jesus went inside the house. Once again, though, the public crowded in, making it impossible for them even to eat their meal. When his relatives heard about this incident, they set out to grab him; they were saying, “He is out of his mind.” (Mark 3,20-21)
People say a lot of things! People call you nuts or dumb, but you call other people nuts, too. You look down on somebody; you feel a need to rescue them from their ignorance or stupidity. Some friend will regard you as “off the rails”—if you have any kind of principles. No matter what you do or say—someone will criticize you.
What you say, or someone says about you—a judgment—in the end, is not important. What you do counts.
You and everybody—you have ideas and do things that someone else will think absurd. Compare yourself for a moment. Jesus worked miracles—fed thousands, healed deaf and blind people right before their eyes, walked on water, preached great wisdom, welcomed children, was the “chief marshal” in the Palm Sunday parade, cured insanity and leprosy in front of crowds, and so on.
So the authorities killed him, the crowd said, “Crucify him, crucify him!” and most of the people did not believe in his resurrection.
This is our world. The Good New is your Inner courage, your choice to Be, your deliberate acceptance of uncomfortable truth, and your willingness to do what is right—no matter what anyone says. You might die. But your Life stays Mindful of what’s Right—not listening to nor being controlled by others—but choosing to work your (nutty) miracles of kindness and peace.