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The good news for the day September 6

Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time (438)

Jesus went off by himself to a nearby mountain to pray; he spent the night there in prayer to God. When daylight came, he gathered his students around him; from among them he chose The Dozen, whom he also labeled “Sent-Men,”—Apostles: Simon, whom he had re-named Peter, and Simon’s brother Andrew—and then James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James Alphaeusson, Simon the one people called a Zealot, and Judas Jameson—and Judas Iscariot, who gave him away.

Then he came down with them and they stood on a stretch of open acreage. A large number of his followers, together with a significant public from all over Judea and Jerusalem—even the coast—Tyre and Sidon—came to hear him. They came as well as to be healed of whatever was wrong with them. Everybody in the crowd wanted to touch him because power radiated from him; He would heal everybody. (Luke 6)

Attractive as He was to common folks, Jesus knew from prayer that His life and destiny on this earth needed others to be His tongue, His hands, His feet, and His heart. You are one of the ‘others.’ You are His Life today.

Whatever you do to attract the public—others—to our Father is your mission, your calling. Do not send people to Jesus—but work on loving, on forgiveness, on service and on the repair of human bodies and souls. It is not: What would Jesus do? Your task is to do whatever is needed!

As His apostle, you are sent to DO what Jesus does here—to teach and heal this person. Don’t outguess the good Lord—just help this person in front of you. In you others recognize loving kindness—your Father-Creator, working to mend lives—Life—that tends to ebb with the tide of time, depressed by challenges of daily living. Your enthusiasm for someone in need is the medicine they need, the hope that transforms lives. You are one of The Dozen, sent not to be LIKE Jesus, but to BE Jesus.

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