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The good news for the day November 25, 2016

Friday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time (507)

Jesus tells his followers this story with a point to it. “Think about the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds open, you can see for yourselves—you know!—summer is coming. Transfer that: when you see certain things happening, you know! Know that the realm of what is right is near. I am telling you the truth: this culture will not pass away until all the newsworthy things have happened. This sky and this ground will change into something else, but what I say will last longer.” Luke 21)

Your world changes all the time. Your environment changes in little ways—with weather, new buildings going up, potholes and road repairs and the political landscape—and in big ways—falling in love, the birth of a child, great scientific insights, wars, epidemics and deaths.

Authentic and permanent truth and the kind, healing spirit of Jesus outlast all these changes. What counts is your willingness to see the world around you. When you see buds come out and break open, you know it is spring coming, when you see the first snow fly, you know it is winter coming.

The question is whether you recognize the coming of the kingdom. The realm of Jesus arrives in newsworthy changes that happen around us – good changes that benefit us, and bad changes that challenge us. In both cases, you need to be aware of the truth of Jesus–not just the words, but the spirit, the attitude, the outlook that Jesus offers his followers. The good news is that this outlook is the “true” truth. The truth involves not what happened—that is past—but your response: caring for others, forgiving and being forgiven, and healing, as best you can, the wounds of the world. This is easy; this is hard. Friends and family will object; this culture – this generation – will object–people will find fault with almost everything you do. In terms of the world, you will not have success; in the realm of what is right and important – you have followed Jesus to the end—to resurrection

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