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The good news for the day February 27, 2017

Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (347)

Once Jesus was just setting out on a journey, when a man ran up to him, knelt down in front of him to ask, “Good teacher, what do I have to do to get eternal life?” Jesus answered, “Why call me good? Nobody is good–except God alone. You already know the rules: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.” The man responded: “Teacher, all these I have kept since I was a child.” Jesus, looking at him, felt affection for him and said to him, “You are lacking in just one thing. Go, sell what you have; give to the poor and you will inherit treasure in the Other Realm. Then—come, follow me.” At that statement, his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. (Mark 10)

It is crucial not to limit this story to money and poverty and wealth. It is about you and me—a bit of good News—a challenge for which the reward is immeasurable.

The challenge Jesus presents is to give up what is precious to you–really just an accumulation of something you and I can do without. It covers wealth and the need for security—but it is also your habits of superiority and independence, your prejudices and ruts, your self-centeredness and ego in general. Now all of us have these traits—but sometimes we can find the core, the “one thing” that is the root of all the others—and once we give up on that—we find bliss! We discovery the very harmony of the universe, the peace of heart that has eluded us so much of our lives. It is “something” you possess whose loss makes you sad—regretful—but it is the door to living free, the “saving” from the self to which you are called. It is THE Good News—and it is your challenge to deal with.

It is the achievement of an emptying that God—the Good God—fills. Until that “possession” is gone, God has trouble getting it. Once He is in—You Come Alive!

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