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The good news for the day July 13

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time (391)

One time, Jesus responded to His world: “I acknowledge you, Father, in charge of heaven and earth, because—although you have hidden so much from people smart and educated—you have revealed so much to new- born ones. Yes, Father, such has been what you have so kindly wanted. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. Nobody really knows the child except the father, and no one knows the father except the child—and anyone to whom the child wants to reveal him.” (Matthew 11)

These words call for a complete re-assessment—to ask again what is going on—what Jesus means to tell you—to provide you with Good News.

The meaning of Jesus has truly dawned on you. You are a child of God. You live in a family of His Children. Jesus is really—really—your brother. You are a cherished person, a chosen and special child of a universe of love—you are child of God!!!

The Greek is fascinating. Word for word, it says, “Jesus answered and said,” and learned commentators point out the Hebraism, the lack of a question or situation, etc. I think it is really simple: Jesus just erupted in gladness—answering the universe and His Father! He answered the vast Love He was getting (and which you get, too). It does not take a high IQ or education to see a tree, to appreciate the morning sun, to feel the wonder of breathing. It is when you realize YOU are His child that you “know” your Father. Until then, “god” is just a—well—“god.”

It does take the removal of self-centeredness, the removal of prejudices and fears, the removal of mistrust and hatred—to be re-born—to start afresh, open-eyed and openhearted. Throw out all the learning that has misguided you, and see again the beauty and truth that God provides as a Father—not as a “god”—but as your Father.

 

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