The good news for the day October 13

Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time (470)

Jesus says: “The wisdom of God decided, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute’—in order that this generation—the people not re-born to New Life—might be blamed for the blood of all the prophets shed since the start of the world—from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the outside altar and the temple building. Yes, I am telling you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, too—people educated in the culture! You have thrown away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not gone in, and you have stopped people trying to get in.” When Jesus left there, educated people and religious leaders began to act more aggressively toward him and to interrogate him about many issues; they were working to catch him at something he might say. (Luke 11)

What is “this generation”? “This generation” means the people who accept their culture unquestioningly; who disregard morality and truth. These culture-buying people oppose good, truthful people. They resist admitting society’s faults, and do not challenge long-held prejudices—like slavery, injustice, individualism and other unwritten assumptions. They have bought into “the way we’ve always done it.” “This generation” resists efforts to increase justice, compassion and mercy; “this generation” opposes “prophets” like Jesus who have courage to oppose evil customs of the culture. They kill people of integrity whose efforts society resist. They oppose justice and mercy that disturb the elite and its mindless followers.

As a follower of Jesus, though, you show courage, willing to confront public officials secular and religious. As the “new person” of Jesus you come to recognize what glides by but is wrong–or is good and true even in bad people. You practice creative, uncomfortable—even reckless—behaviors of caring, respect and involvement. Reborn into a new life, you acknowledge the spiritual death inherent in some long-accepted customary practices of society and you call them out. You challenge “this generation.” As “the adult in the room,” you see society’s ills and say they are wrong.


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