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The good news for the day May 24

Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (348)

Peter began to tell Jesus, “…we have given up everything and followed you…?” Jesus said, “I am telling you the truth, there is nobody who has given up house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children or property for my sake and for the sake of my Good News who will not receive a hundred times more now in this “kairos”—this moment—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and lands, with persecutions, and infinite life in the unfolding era. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.” (Mark 10)

How powerful is this response! Faith pushes you to die—to die against “this generation.” And what happens? Hostility, loss, grief, and disdain from the general culture, from your family and friends, and even from within yourself. You discover that pursuing mercy, forgiveness and humility makes others put you down as naïve, arrogant, stupid, and hostile. You lose friends. You lose family. You lose a sense of belonging with the “crowd,” the in-group, the people you consider wise and devout.

In some sense you become homeless and family-less. You find yourself questioning your own values and attacked by sensible friends and family. You realize that the journey of faith on which you have embarked is fraught with ambushes within and without. How do you know that your faith is not self-delusion? How do you know that your convictions are what God really wants? How do you know that you are grounded in truth and love—and not mere self-satisfaction?

Gradually, it dawns on you there is a “realm” of what is right—that you have a community of people who, like you, practice the Will of God, see each other as equals, as responsible souls generous, brave and authentic. You are vindicated by the wealth of Spirit you share with them—growing faith, simple honesty, and humble heart—not material wealth, but the peace, strength and joy of God—fortune beyond measure.

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