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The good news for the day January 5, 2017

Christmas weekday (208)

Jesus decided to go to Galilee. There He found Philip. Jesus said to Philip, “Follow me.” Philip came from Bethsaida, the same town as Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael whom he told, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law—and in the prophets—Jesus Josephson—from Nazareth.” But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come on and see.”  Jesus saw Nathanael approaching Him and said of him, “Here is an authentic child of Israel.  There is no dishonesty in him.” Nathanael questioned, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are THE Child of God! You are the head of all Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree?  You will see more significant things than this.” He continued, “Here is the truth I am telling you, you will grasp that heaven has opened—appreciate that angels of God are rising and coming down in dependence on This Son of Humankind.” (John 1)

The conversation here is very telling. Often a very striking incident—someone tells you a life-altering truth, someone sees into your character, someone—with one sentence—awakens you to that non-ego, outside world. It may be a striking instant—or a slow rise through layers of time into a habit of awareness, of maturing—but you become alert to “others”—the world outside yourself. You hold sisters and brothers as the Family of God our Father. You sense Jesus as model and way; you change—your whole self changes!

Jesus promises more—that heaven has opened for you—that you can recognize signals—angels—crossing back and forth—your conscience tuned to truth, your heart tuned to peace—willingness to do the will of our Creator, to forgive others, to welcome that angel of peace beyond words that waits for you in your humility. You enjoy the daily arrival of angels from heaven—and send them back to God with your gifts of mercy & forgiveness.

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