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The good news for the day February 16 2017

Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time (338)

Jesus and his group of followers set out for the villages in the state of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way. he questioned them, “What are people saying about me—who I am?” They answered, “Some say, John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others another of the prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Messiah (“Christ”).” Then Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. He began to give them new lessons—that the Son of Man—(the Prime Man)—must suffer greatly and be rejected by political leadership, religious leadership, and educated people—be killed, but rise after three days. He spoke about this openly. Peter, then, took him aside and began to raise objections. At this, Jesus turned around and, looking over his followers, objected in turn to Peter saying, “Turn around; get behind me, with your case as a “prosecutor” (Satan); you are thinking not the way God does, but the way human beings think.”  (Mark 8)

To find the Good News for You, it helps to clarify who we are talking about. The “Son of Man” has many layers of meaning. The term means Jesus—but the second layer is that it is Jesus as the—THE—embodiment of everyone else—the “prime” child of the human race who is—third layer!—a Child of God with—beside—in—all the children of God. In what happens to Him—happens to everybody who follows as a Child of God, born into the Family ways—the thinking—of Our Father. So Jesus is you—your Self facing the future, appreciating your calling, and being a Child of God

Peter, on the other hand, is your instinctive, self-centered, defensive self—who objects to suffering—afraid to accept your death and resurrection—by turning around. In Semitic, “repentance” means “turn around.” It is in “turning” to a new outlook, a different way of seeing—that you awake to the glory of your existence, the wonder of its beauty and meaning. You Are Alive! Fearful as you might be—like Peter—to live as Jesus did—you find courage and strength to bring healing, peace, and freedom into your world. THAT is the Good News

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