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The good news for the day December 27, 2016

Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist (69)

On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran to catch Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved; she told them, “Somebody has taken the Master from the tomb; we do not know where they have put him.” Peter and the other disciple went out—and arrived at the tomb. They both ran there, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and got there first; he bent down; he saw the burial cloths there, but held back from going in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and he saw the burial cloths there, as well as the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up apart. Then the other disciple also entered the tomb—the one who had arrived at the tomb first—he saw and came to believe. (John 20)

History has identified—perhaps wrongly—the Apostle/Evangelist John with the “beloved disciple.” I say this to re-introduce the “beloved disciple” as someone you might profitably consider.

Why does he lack a name? Present at the crucifixion, present at the empty tomb, this “beloved disciple” is meant to remain anonymous forever—because he is anybody and everybody—you and me—who has shared the experience of the Crucifixion of someone, and, after witnessing that, has witnessed New Life as mystery —that is, as faith, and brings you to belief.

At some point in life, you have seen a death—perhaps a physical one—a spouse, a parent, a friend, or perhaps a less visible one—a divorce, a financial ruin, a public humiliation or a defeated cause. It is that experience that marks you—an irreversible loss, a permanent life-change.

But then you see this kind of death does not end life—it transforms. Some New Life begins. What or who was dead lives now in a different way—a more important way. The shift in Life is Spirit, Outlook, Understanding—and Peace. That is the Good News. Let us face the world with it.

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