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The good news for the day May 27

Friday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (351)

As Jesus offered an explanation about the fig tree He had cursed, “Have faith in God! I am telling you the truth: Say somebody tells this elevation in the land, ‘Get yourself up, and then get thrown into the se,’—and does not over-think it in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. That is what I am telling you, everything you pray for and ask for—believe you will get it—and it shall be yours. When you stand firm in your prayer—forgiving anyone you are mad at, so that your Father in the realm of what’s right may in turn forgive you for intruding on someone else’s life.” (Mark 11)

This familiar passage emphasizes Mark’s view—Jesus insists on faith—a whole-hearted, all-consuming faith. You need to move away from fig trees, to consider His conclusion—where Faith leads you to act in practical life.

Jesus uses the physical world—fig trees and mountains, atoms and wind, nature and terrain—to show the “kingdom of God”—the realm of God, the realm where the right things happen by human choice—choosing God’s will. That is what faith is all about—living in the community, the family and attitude of God—how the stars work—faithfully, steadily, and firmly. But the stars and “heavens” mirror what you can choose or not.

Forgiveness characterizes the “realm of what is right”—the role of faith. It can be as hard to forgive (or accept forgiveness) as to wrench a mountain from the earth—harder! It takes courage to “stand firm” against contempt that laughs at you or shames you, or judges you as nonconforming to “this generation.” This world is reluctant to accept your outrageous and creative kindness, your folly in helping unworthy people, and your forgiveness of nasty harm. (“Trespass”—the word familiar from the Lord’s Prayer and the last word here—means your intrusion, your control, and your harm when you step into someone’s freedom, conscience or peace of heart. The Good News is that your faith stirs you to ask and accept such forgiveness.

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