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The good news for the day, May 4, 2017

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter (276)

Jesus declared in public: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me hauls someone here—such a one I will raise on the last day. In the prophets, you find it written: They shall all be taught by God. Everyone who actually listens to my Father and learns from him does come to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the special one who is from God. He has seen the Father. The truth is: whoever believes has boundless life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the miraculous manna-bread in the desert, but they died This bread comes from the Other Realm—so that someone can eat it and not die. I am the living bread that has come from the Other Realm. Whoever eats this bread will live permanently; the bread that I will be giving is my Flesh—my vulnerability—for the life of the world.” (John 6)

Here is what I understand Jesus is trying to convey to us: If you see yourself as an adult Child of God, like Jesus, you realize that no one “wakes up” by their own power—it takes God to touch a heart, to “draw them” to you and the family of God. Denial, avoidance and lies to oneself prevent conversion. Arguments, disagreements and logic are useless.

But once you see the world as God’s love—listening and learning from the world around you—you realize other people, too, are Children of this Creator. You “see” God in the instant that you become aware that you are “sent” by God to forgive, be forgiven, heal and be healed, create, grow, and so on. You are “like our Father”—patient, creative, loving. Jesus, the least of the brethren, the servant, the humble and suffering child, shares and imparts His outlook, His Spirit.

And so He nourishes you mysteriously—not by the bread of wheat, but by the mutual needs we satisfy in one another, in the boundless life that comes in truth, uncomfortable and joyous, and in the mutual caring we live by. “Flesh” in their world—has little to do with muscle and skin—and everything to do with weakness, need and vulnerability. If you are as vulnerable as Jesus—you have Life—a permanent Aliveness, a Peace of Heart, an Acceptance of Life and Death.

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