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The good news for the day October 19

Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time (475)

Jesus says to people following Him: “Be sure of this: if the owner of a house would have known when the burglar was coming, he would not have let his house get broken into. You too just have to be ready; at an hour you do not expect, the “Son of Man” will come.” Then Peter said, “Sir, is this example meant just for us or for everybody?” And Jesus replied, “Who, do you think, is the honest, smart manager the boss will put in charge of his employees to distribute what is necessary at the proper time? How well off is that employee whom his boss—when he comes—finds doing the job. Honestly, I am telling you, he will put that person in charge of all his property. But if that employee says to himself, ‘My boss is delayed in coming,’ and begins to browbeat the men and women working there and to eat and drink and get drunk—then that employee’s boss will come in to work on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the employee severely and assign him a place at the bottom. That employee who knew his boss will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be taken down severely; and the employee who was ignorant of his boss’s will but acted in a way deserving of severe repercussions suffer only lightly.  Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Luke 12)

Did early Christians expect Jesus to come back on clouds down from the sky, radiating rays of light and establishing His Kingdom—a spectacular arrival, a “Sun-God” arrival, a dazzling proof of His Divinity and so on?

Maybe. But perhaps the real point is that these poems are images of reality—the coming of Jesus DAILY into your life. Your courageous kindness, your honest acceptance of others, your gratitude for today, your love of your spouse, your forgiveness of enemies, faults and failures—these “let Jesus into your life”—these are the Coming of Jesus—in glory, no less—as you open the door for “the Boss” to come home to you. Your readiness is humble love. Your readiness is the Good News. Your readiness is your repentance, peace, and joy at recognizing Jesus in your neighbor.

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