The good news for the day January 22, 2017
Sunday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (312)
When Jesus heard that John had been taken into custody., he withdrew to Galilee. He did leave Nazareth and went away to live in Capernaum by the sea of Galilee, in the ancient region of the Israelite tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what had been described through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, along the way to the sea, and then beyond the Jordan, including the Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in shadows have seen a great light, on people living in a land overshadowed by a history of death—light has arisen. From then on, Jesus began to preach with the phrase, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4)
Here is THE statement of the role of Jesus—to ask and beg and worry people into STARTING to change their lives. History has made “repentance” into a religious word—fasting and Lent and confession and so on. But the word is not religious to start with—it means fundamentally to change the way you are going—to look at the map again, to study the terrain, to review where you have gone off the trail, and now have gotten lost. Repent—m eans Review your place in the bigger world!
Once that kind of repentance happens, you awaken to your surroundings—your world—our world—to the realm of the whole of creation, to the community of human children who share this abode, this darkling place of eventual death. Look for the light—the truth you have not noticed, the enlightenment that comes when you turn the TV of your soul on to the right station. You see, you hear, you change. And then the Kingdom of what is right—the realm of wisdom, humility and caring swims into your life—a great light, a real enlightenment. You are turned on! You become bright and courageous, rather than fearful and cowardly