The good news for the day November 11, 2016
Friday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time (495)
Jesus says to his followers: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Real Human; people were just eating and drinking away, marrying and giving in marriage up to the very day Noah entered the ark—the flood came and destroyed them all. It was just like that in the days of Lot: people eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the very day when Lot left Sodom—fire and brimstone rained down from the sky to destroy them all. That is the way it will be on the day the Real Human is revealed for who he is. That day, somebody up on the roof and whose belongings are inside the house must not go down to get them, and likewise anybody out in the field must not go home to what was left behind. Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you, on that night there will be a couple in bed—one will be taken, the other, not. And there will be two women preparing food together; one will be taken, the other, not.” They said to him in reply, “Where, Sir?” He answered, “Where the carrion is, there the scavengers gather.”(Luke 17)
The Good News is that the kingdom—the realm that Jesus offers—comes to you. It takes patience. You see divisions and discord, people forgetting the important things—the caring, humility, and forgiveness—qualities that separate—distinguish—the follower of Jesus from “this generation”
It is not that others are bad—they just go on in their flow of time, and do not stop to “smell the flowers” which God provides. They fail to hear the melodies of wind and waves, the eyes of children and the sharing of the kitchen. The Good News is that it is here! Open your eyes, Jesus says, and you SEE. Be free of possessions, stay aware you are alien to the indifferent or hostile person beside you. Death, despair, disrespect, and division—sex, greed, pride, and anger are what this world sees and does.
You and I are at peace. We are not dead carrion, nor death-eating scavengers. We are alive—with joy and grief, with hope and courage, with love—above all, with love.