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The good news for the day January 21, 2017

Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (316)

Jesus came with his followers inside a house. Again the public gathered, making it very difficult for them even to eat a meal. When his relatives heard about his popularity, they set out to get hold of him; their point was, “He is out of his mind.” (Mark 3)

Over and over, in this Gospel, you see a confrontational Jesus—one who has enemies of many kinds. The religious leaders oppose him for working on the Sabbath. There is opposition when he dares to tell a man his sins are forgiven. Now his family approaches to confront him.

The consistent—and sad—truth is that people—whether bystanders or people who have known you all your life—do not get it. They see in you a nonconformist endangering their own comfort zone; they see your inexplicable behavior defying “the way things have always been done”; they see someone independent of current culture—who goes back to a deeper, larger picture.

You are a Child of God, and your mission in life is to live like one—walking in full awareness of how small you are, free of ambition to be better, wiser, richer than anyone else, and patient as to the love and hostility which this outlook may create in others. Some will hate you; some will love you—and be inspired.  But it is—I emphasize—the Father who is important—so whether you are loved or hated, feared or disdained, inspiring—or considered a bad influence—it does not matter what other people think of you. The doing what your Father wants—compassion, forgiveness, kindness, and love—THAT matters; lives matter; healing, helping and kindness to others—all others—THAT matters.

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