April 20, 2016
Wednesday of the fourth Week after Easter
The good news for the Day
Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the One who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the One who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not stay in darkness. And if anybody hears my words and fails to keep them, I an not going to condemn that person; I have not come so that I would censure the world but that I would save the world.” (John 12, 44-47)
Belief IS the good news—the terrific excitement of a seed cracking open in response to warmth and light—opening towards the light, being alive and working to provide fresh life as nourishment to others.
It is you who “crack open.” It is you who “see the light.” It is you who see and SEE! It is you—like Jesus, you do not judge others, you follow your own destiny, your own call to become noble, gracious, patient and wise.
At some point and through a gradual process you come to see the other world—the realm of what is right, the “kingdom of heaven.” You come to appreciate it here. You see it. Sure, you see around you misery and conflicts, small failures, big wars, and the bruises of meanness, ingratitude and even harm. You believe, though, in people around you—and realize that as you keep putting on your 3-D glasses of faith, you see life is not flat, colorless—and merely acceptable. It is a living love, a thrusting towards you of wonder, excitement, knowledge and encounter.
A song in a recent musical sang something the effect that “to love another person is to see the face of God.” You have not been born to judge others, but to save them—to see beneath the ravages of their history, the habits of their prejudices, and the weaknesses of human nature—the face of God waiting to emerge, waiting to glow with the light you have….