The good news for the day October 15

Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time (472)

Jesus said to people learning from Him“I am telling you, everybody who acknowledges me before other people—the ‘Son of Man’ will acknowledge before the go-betweens of God. Anybody who denies me before others, though, will be denied before the go-betweens of God. “Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When hostile people take you before religious groups and before people in charge and authorities, don’t worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say.  For the Holy Spirit will provide you at that moment with what you should say.” (Luke 12)

We need to discover—to examine—the more complicated meaning of the “son of man.” This title belongs to Jesus. throughout the Gospels, the term is never ever applied to some other individual.

But Jesus is thinking beyond himself alone, and He looks at humankind (“man”) and realizes that He is “new”—a significantly different—“SON of man.” Jesus is more—He is human-and-more-than-human—reborn now as a special Child—now—of God. He is not just a “man” but a reborn—a new SON of man. His followers—the ones with faith and commitment to Him –are transformed, too. Jesus came to see that He was the Firstborn of a New Creation, but that in some way,His status includes those of us who live His Life. You are part of—you inhabit—His “son of man” status; it is a new status reported to the “angels” or “go-betweens” of God. If someone attacks you—it is forgivable, understandable. People who resist the spirit calling them to be reborn—to become, with Jesus, a new “son of man”—that is an ultimate denial. Unlike them, you have the Spirit of Jesus—who animates your courage and simplicity, your wholeness and values.

You do not defy the wordless God, you accept His truth; you live caringly, simply and powerfully, defiant not of God, but of cultural values, defiant of your own baser instincts, your habits of greed, laziness and unlove.


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