The good news for the day March 30, 2017
Thursday of the Fourth Week in Lent (247)
Jesus said to some Jews: “If I talk just about my own self, my words are meaningless. But there is someone else who affirms me on my behalf, and I know that what he says about me is true. You sent agents to John, the Baptizer; he told the truth. I do not accept everything people say, but I am telling this so that you may be saved. John was a radiant lamp on fire, and for a while you were content to enjoy his light. but I offer truth more significant than John’s. The activity that the Father has given me to accomplish—these things that I do—they inform people on my behalf that the Father has sent me. The Father who sent me, moreover, has spoken on my behalf. But you have never listened to his voice nor noticed what kind of nature he is. Nor do you have his significance staying on within you, because you have not believed in the one whom he has sent. You investigate the Scriptures, because you think you have boundless life through that revelation; even the Scriptures convey information pointing to me. You, though, do not want to come to me to have Life. “I do not welcome human praise. I know, moreover, that you lack the love of God in you. I came in the name of my Father, but you have not accepted me. , someone else, though comes in his own name and reputation, you will welcome him. How can you come to believe, when you accept approval from one another but do not seek the approval that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will bring you before the Father for judgment: the one who will, in fact, accuse you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. If you really believed Moses, you would have believed me, too, because he wrote about me.if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?” (John 5)
All evidence, witnesses, proofs, reasoning, certainty, passion, and justifications are not enough to bring a person to believe—to love God and neighbor—to see and hear the Presence of the Creator in creation. It takes an open heart, a ready mind, and a child’s humility. At some point, you cross over from death, passivity, habits and defensiveness to Life—you wake up! Then you SEE—in scripture, and creation, in tradition and experience, in science and neighbors—the nearness of God. You can convert no one; the grace—the mystery—of our Father calls and they open their hearts and ears—and come to believe. Your task and salvation–is to appreciate the silent overwhelm of the gift of Life–to look at and see the Flood of Love.