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The good news for the day August 10

Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time (415)

Jesus says to His students: “If somebody in your family does you harm, go and tell that person the fault between you two alone. If that person pays attention to you, you have won him or her over. If there is no listening, take a few others along with you, so that every fact may stand—on the evidence of several witnesses. If there is still no communication, tell people in your common circle (“ecclesia”). If that person still refuses to listen even to people you have in common, treat that one like an outsider or a callous person. I am telling you the truth: whatever you tie up on earth shall be tied up for real, and whatever you untie on earth shall get untied for real. Again, I am telling you the truth, if a couple of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my Father in the other realm. For wherever two or three people are gathered together in ways that demonstrate my family, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18)

Jesus loves “family”—but He is thinking of our Divine Family—yours and mine. This is hard to do—hard to explain—to declare independence from your culture, your prejudices, and so much—“this generation”—from what your status, parents and locale have placed you in. You can re-discover them on the other side—that your family IS also your divine family.

Your “brother” and “sister”—refers to anyone in your divine-human family. You do not know which one is your divine brother or sister. You just see everyone as a child of God–being reborn from “this generation” into a Family of acceptance and reconciliation—of what is right.

The Good News is the simple fact of being with people peacefully. When you attend your child’s game, enjoy a quiet party, offer tools to a neighbor, are present to a friend in grief or under stress, reconcile with someone disagreeable, care for someone in any kind of need—these encounters & exchanges reveal the presence of self-sacrificing, resurrected, wounded brothers and sisters IN YOUR DAILY LIFE. Look in your “brother’s” or “sister’s” face—and you can realize you are seeing Jesus there.

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