May 9, 2016
Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter
The good news for the Day
People learning from Jesus say to Him: “Now you are using blunt language, and not speaking poetry. Now we appreciate that you have figured everything out, and that you do not need to have anybody interrogate you. For these reasons, we believe that you have come from God.” The answer of Jesus: “So now you have come to believe? Look, the time is coming—it has arrived—when every one of you will go on your individual ways home, and leave me abandoned. But I am not left alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the “world” you have problems, but take courage, I have defeated the world.” (John 16, 29-33)
The mature person realizes much in the quiet of her or his heart. You know that you are never really alone. While you breathe, while your heart pulses blood, you enjoy life that is more than your breath and blood.
You are in harmony with a creation that gives you oxygen to breathe, a mind to think, and a heart to see others so as to love and be loved.
There is another world, of course—the “worldly”-world—the one mean, apathetic and deliberately careless of people who hurt, the world that causes trouble by ego and need to control, the world that feels superiority and is actually and truly alone. That one.
You, though, are not alone. Not only is the Creator of the world providing you the stuff of life, but also the Family of God is always a companion—a tide returning time and again, sunshine after rain, the sudden find of a heart that beats alongside yours—goodness finding you.
That is the Goodest News! An army of peace, a courageous company of kind persons, has defeated those “bad” elements of the world—by all these hands with the wounds of Christ which reach out to bring peace.