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April 14, 2016

Thursday of the third week of Easter

The good news for the Day

Jesus said to the public: “Nobody can come close to me unless the Father—who sent me—attracts him, and I will raise that person in the end. It is written in the prophets: ‘They shall all be taught by God.’ Everybody who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.” (John 6, 44-45)

Some things are so clear you see right through them. People run into clear glass doors. Pigeons kill themselves against skyscraper windows. You see the wheelchair and miss the person in it. You are attracted to a charismatic person, and fail to see his evil character. You see and you don’t see.

The Father has created and creates you. If you don’t “see” creation—if you fail to register its variety and beauty—if you deny its depth and length—if you miss its order and interweavings—if you sleep and coast through its manifestations of love, challenge and growth—then you are not “getting it.”

But the real thing is to listen as well as see the Father’s work—His play! Do you hear wordless messages in the song of birds, in the lap of the waves and the rustle of the leaves? Do you hear music in children’s laughter, and catch the meaning for you in songs—even apparently very secular ones—that tell of stairways to your heaven and the sounds of silence?

Does your heart soar with the sound of your spouse’s voice coming in the door, the swish and whistle of heavy rain, and the intense stillness when you can get out there to nowhere?

Once creation—as creation—sinks into you, you awaken to being loved. You acknowledge—the One who has made you loves you—despite bitter griefs, horrendous aches, heart breakings, and daily deep frustrations you suffer. You see past them. You live in a bigger world. You have been taught by God! You have listened; you are learning.

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