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The good news for the day July 28

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time (404)

Jesus said to his students: “The Realm of what is Right is much like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When the net gets full fishermen haul it ashore where they sit down to put what is worthwhile into containers. What is bad they discard. That is how it will be in the end. The messengers of truth will spread out to separate the wrong-doers from the right-doers and throw them away–into the furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. “Are you getting these things I am saying?” They answered, “Sure.” And he replied, “Ok, every person who has learned and been instructed in the Realm of what is Right is like the head of a household who brings out of his storeroom both new stuff and old stuff.” When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there. (Matthew 13)

Do you read poetry? Our culture has abandoned poetry for news, Internet chat, self-help instructions, sports and entertainment. We read about actresses and third basemen, about stock market information, and the latest violence here and abroad. Poems seem just sugary frostings we can do without—part of the non-essentials that we might get to some time.

These poetic images—the pearl, the treasure, the net, the field, the weeds and so on—however work only—ONLY—when you admit such imaginative poetry as different from “news.” “News—gleaned on the net, in the paper and through all the media—slips in and out of our life like old cash register printouts. It is worthless.

Poems—serious images—are told and meant to affect and involve you—your heart, your soul, and your permanence! You are called to “get” them—and weave them into the principles you live by, the outlook with which to see the world. You need to be sifting the worthwhile from the worthless—the fish from the trash. Follow your heart, open your net to worthwhile truth—old and new…That is the Good News!

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