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The good news for the day August 14

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (120) 

Jesus says to his students: “Fire is what I have come to set on earth, and how I wish it were already flaming up!  There is an immersion into which I must be baptized, and how stressed I am—until it all gets done! Do you imagine I have arrived here to set peace on the earth?  No, I am telling you—I am divisive.  From the now of my arrival, a family of five will become divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be opposed to his son and a son to his father, a mother will find herself opposed to her daughter and a daughter will be against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Luke 12)

Do you feel challenged by this uncomfortable truth? Do you hear the call to change—not in defiance but to love more—a development that may upset family and friends? Do you fear your close friends and family will oppose any significant change—and look at you as nuts, stupid, “off the rails”?

You are called to change the direction of your life. The Semitic word for our word, “repentance” means a change of bodily direction—“to turn”—away from being lost—and getting back to the Right Way, the Way of Life.

Once you have courage and confidence to choose the “realm of what’s right,” you can expect people to oppose, persecute and ridicule you. Choosing humility, service, patience and peace—these behaviors cost you reputation, respect and honor from people who have known you.

You have had an “immersion” into a New Life. It does not mean you are “right” and they are “wrong”—you are more humble than that; it means that you follow Jesus as best you can—doing things His way, and going His way in all your dealing with others. People will find fault–as you care for your brothers and sisters in Christ with the peace and healing, the quiet service—it is the Living Good News, where you find joy, peace, and exhilaration.

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