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The good news for the day February 18 2017

Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time (340)

Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. Jesus then became profoundly before them, his white clothes such as no launderer on earth could make them as white. Then Elijah was seen by them—along with Moses—and they were carrying on a conversation with Jesus. So then, Peter said to Jesus in response, “Rabbi, it is so good that we are here! Let us make three places to stay—one for you, another for Moses, and a third for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, though—they were so terrified. Then a mistiness came, casting a darkening over them; from the cloud, then, comes a voice, “This is my cherished Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly–looking around—the followers no longer saw anyone except Jesus alone with them. As they were coming back down from the mountain, he insisted they should not tell anyone what they had seen—until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept this event to themselves, wondering what it meant—this “rising from the dead.” They did ask him, “Why do people who know such things say that Elijah must come first?” He told them, “Elijah will indeed come first and start the complete revival of what is important—but how is it written regarding the Son of Man that he must suffer greatly and be treated with contempt? But I am telling you Elijah HAS come and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it has been written of him.” (Mark 9)

Not a history book, not a television documentary, not something to be read, heard, or merely studied—then left behind. No, these words challenge you to change your mind and heart, to revive your sense of what is important.

Jesus talks with the Law—Moses, and with the Truth—Elijah–and then comes the voice of His Father.  You and I are part of that conversation. We hear and acknowledge life-giving laws—their guidance and power (Moses) ; we acknowledge truth—however challenging, uncomfortable or mysterious—to evaluate, appreciate, and accept it—and BE therefore a Cherished Child of God. With that outlook, you grow aware—the dimness fades—God talks to you! You realize you yourself are a “Cherished Child.”

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