The good news for the day February 17 2017

Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time (339)

Jesus addressed the public along with his followers and said to them, “People who want to follow me have to disagree with their selves, take up their cross, and follow me. For everybody wishing to save their lives will lose it, and those who lose their lives for my sake—and that of the Gospel—will save it. What profit is there for anyone to gain the whole world but forfeit their life? What could people give in exchange for their life? Anybody ashamed of me and my words in this cultural generation without faith and sinful—the Son of Man will be ashamed of—once the True Human One comes to unveil the Father’s significance and all the different messengers sent to help” He also said to them, “I am telling you the truth: some people standing here will not taste death until they see that the Kingdom of God has come in power. (Mark 8)

Here are words so frequently misunderstood that it cries for clarification. This is not about some future “rapture,” “apocalypse” or singular event at the end of the world. It is about here and now.

This “faithless, sinful generation” refers to the world you and I live in, our culture with its pursuit of greed, people’s lusts, efforts to control you, deceit private and public, and self-glorification. Humans who will not “taste death” are you and me—endlessly alive in that permanent peace, humility, and forgiveness which is the habit of following Jesus. Being ashamed of Jesus, on the other hand, is the cowardice right now to back away from courageous love, thoughtful kindness, and personal commitment.

It is in your human heart that the “glory” of God blooms—glory means your engagement, acceptance, and appreciation of our Father’s love. You accept the messengers that speak to you day in and day out –friends who are truth-tellers, scenes of awe, and uncomfortable communications that challenge your comfort zone to become your “better you.”

You see the Coming of the Kingdom of God coming in power here and now!


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