The good news for the day April 7, 2017
Friday of the Fifth Week in Lent (257)
Some Jews picked up rocks to execute Jesus by stoning. Jesus responded, “I have shown you many a good action that comes from my Father. For which one of these are you trying to stone me?” Those Jews answered him, “We are not going to stone you for any good work—but for how you dishonor God. You—just a human—are making yourself out to be divine.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not a written part of your traditional law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘? If that tradition calls those humans ‘gods’ to whom the word of God came—Scripture cannot be denied—can you claim that someone whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world dishonors God—because I said, ‘I am the CHILD of God’? If I’m not doing my Father’s works, don’t believe me! If I perform them, though—even if you do not believe me—believe in what you see is actually happening. You may come to appreciate and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” They then tried again to arrest him; but he eluded their power. He traveled back across the Jordan to the place where John first was baptizing, where he stayed. Many people came to him and said, “Although John performed no significant deeds, everything John said about this man was true.” Many people who came there began to believe in him. (John 10)
The heart of these over-talky arguments between Jesus and (some) Jews centers on what kind of god is “our God—the Father. So many of us carry an understanding of God from childhood: The One Who Makes rules. Who lists our sins. The One whom ministers and priests pray to on occasions, like in church, or at funerals and weddings. The One “up there.” The One Who sits upon the Throne in Heaven, waiting for us to die. Good picture then, it needs to grow.
There is a grown-up version. The One Who cares for you. The good Father right now. The Mysterious Lover who gifts us with Creation—whom we appreciate with deepest-down, endless gratitude. God is acting in our World—around you and through you! The “works of my Father” are the kind, truthful things you do—Yours are the Hands of God right here, right now. If you feel loved—you are “getting it.”