The good news for the day, May 13, 2017
Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter (284)
Jesus said to His friends: “If you really knew Me, then you would know My Father, too. From now on, though, you actually do know Him and you have even seen Him.” Philip said to Jesus, “Sir, show us the Father; that would work for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for such a long a time—and you still don’t know Me, Philip? Absolutely anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am ‘in’ the Father and the Father is ‘in’ me? The words that I use to talk to you I am not talking on my own. The Father who dwells in Me is doing His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise—just come to believe because of the works themselves. This is the truth I am telling you—anybody who believes in Me will do the works that I do—and will do even greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the significance of the Father may appear in the Son. If you ask anything of Me as part of the Divine Family, I will do it.” (John 14)
“The Father is in Me, and I am in the Father.” Here we have a typical Jesus impossibility. How CAN one person be in another person? It makes no sense. It is not the movie Ghost or Alien where an entity “inhabits” a body. We are talking spirit and life—and your growth in insight.
Someone mentioned recently how a mother—a Rosemary or MaryAnn—leaves more than DNA in her children. She leaves inside their minds and hearts values and instincts, skills and virtues—the ability to see the Child of God in others as well as the generosity she practiced, and the Goodness she embodied daily.
You are a Child of God—you are the “me” of which Jesus speaks. The Father is “in” in you—to be patient, forgiving, creative, and appreciative, to love without demanding return, to do acts of loving kindness. (Psalm 136)—that go on and on. In short—YOU embody your God, your Father. In this world and this time, you are God’s love radiating creative acts of care to others, helping to re-order a universe wanting to go astray, and sharing the sufferings of the world. It is a New Life, a New and Significant One—both for yourself and for others.