April 30, 2016
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter
The good news for the Day
Jesus said to persons learning from him: “If the world shows contempt for you, realize that it has hated me first. If you belonged to the worldly generation, that world would love you as its own; but because you do not belong to that world, and because I have chosen you out of that world, the worldly generation hates you. Remember what I told you, ‘A worker is not greater than the boss.’ If people have bullied me, they are going to bully you, too. If people have responded to My word, they will respond to yours, too. And they will do all these things to you because you belong to My Family—because they do not realize Who sent me.” (John 15, 18-21)
You are a Child of the God, an authentic brother or sister of Jesus, a member of the Divine Family. That truth—that singular, thrilling fact—lies at the heart of this whole message. You don’t belong to the “generation” of this world; your self is not a product of sexual generation, but derives from your wise decision to accept a Father not of “this world.”
This oldest son—your brother, this Jesus first-born heir of the Kingdom—was crucified. Some educated, mature people held him in such contempt that they betrayed him, spat on him, crucified him and rejected everything about him. Content to be egotistical, to enjoy wealth and power, and to be superior (“a boss better than others”), this worldly generation continues on today–and tends to judge as weakness your kindness, mercy, compassion and forgiveness. Such persons see our world in terms of superior and inferior. “Superior” people take charge, act ruthlessly and stay on top.
You and I, however, are not superior. You share and you are comfortable with people poor and in need. You see your true Family in individuals suffering like yourself, people addicted, shamed and grieving, defeated and disadvantaged brothers and sisters—no matter how much of a stranger they may seem. You feel and show compassion. There is the chief difference between you and “the world.” You love