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The good news for the day December 13, 2016

Tuesday of the Third Week in Advent (188)

Jesus said to religious and political leaders: “What is your idea about this?  A certain man had two boys. He came to the first and told him, ‘Son, go on out and work in the vineyard today.’  The son said in reply, ‘I won’t!’ ’but afterwards, he changed his mind and went anyway.  The man came to the other son and gave the same order.  He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir!’ but he did not go. Which of the two really did what his father wanted?”  Their answer: “The first one.”  Jesus said to them, “The truth is—I’m telling you—crooked financiers and prostitutes are getting into the Realm of What’s Right in front of you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but crooked financiers and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that happening, you did not come to change your minds and believe him.” (Matthew 21)

This classic tale of real life is Great News. You are both boys. And in the end, it is what you actually Do in regards to the world around you—the vineyard-world God, our Father, has created—that makes all the difference. You may feel dumb and clumsy, you may be damaged in body and heart, you may helpless, and hopeless. But His world—and his talking to you—is new each moment.

If—in response to His world—you do “what the Father wants,” you’re getting into the Kingdom of God—the realm of what’s right, no matter what people say. No, you’re not working miracles—not saving the world in some grand way, not proclaiming the Gospel through proclaiming and preaching your faith. You just DO. A word of anger not said, a pause to listen a little more carefully, a telephone call, a helping hand to a neighbor shoveling snow, an effort to forgive a relentless person…and on and on. God comes in the split second between what she said, and what you say.

Once that sinks in, you realize you have grown up, left ego behind, and now live in a world rich with variety, needs and satisfaction, and faith has been the key to the kingdom—to welcome that Coming In.

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