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May 6, 2016

Friday of the Sixth week of Easter

The good news for the Day

Jesus said to persons learning from Him: “I am telling you the absolute truth, you are going to cry with grief, sob in mourning, while the rest of the world is happy. You are going to feel sorrow, but your heartache will turn into joy. When a woman is in labor, she is in great pain because her hour has arrived; but once she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world. So you also are now very upset. But I will see you again, and your hearts will be happy again, and no one will take your joy away from you. On that day you will not be asking me about anything. I will tell you the truth: whatever you ask the Father as part of our family he will give you.” (John 16, 20-23)

Here is Good News! Right now you and I find—we can feel—streams of stress, depressing news and dark outlooks. No matter where and how you look, you can see around you and ahead of you oncoming clouds, absences and deaths of what is good, disappearance of sunlight and failures of all kinds. You might feel rejections by your family, betrayals and lies behind your back from friends, and you might even discover your own addictions and failures. You get “down.”

But these bad things—as a follower of Jesus—you see as prelude to symphony and majesty, to the peace, strength and comfort that come from living the life of Jesus. You see Jesus—and know that you are seen and loved by our loving Father.

The big change happens when you repent: You yourself enjoy this new birth, this finding of a new world, and this opening of your lungs, eyes and heart.

You grasp what to really pray for—what is important, and what is not.

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