The good news for the day, May 14, 2017
Fifth Sunday of Easter (52)
Jesus says to us: “Don’t let your hearts get upset. You have faith in God; keep your faith in me, too. In my Father’s family home, there are many places to stay. If not, would I have promised you that I am going to get a place ready for you? If I do go and get a place ready for you, I will return and take you to myself, so that where I am, you can be, too. Where I am going–you know the way.” Thomas said, “Sir, we just don’t know where you are going! How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 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 living with you for such a long a time—and you still don’t know Who I am, Philip? Anybody 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 truth I tell 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..” (John 14)
You look in the mirror; you may realize, deep down, you are the same as everybody else. Not the ”same-same,” but, yes, sharing humanness—you and I are at our core—the same! Not everybody sees this; or believes it. Jesus did; He saw his humanity was shared by billions of people in the past, present, and future. Not just DNA, but inside–our spirit.
When He said “I”….He thought all of us: “I, the least-and-most human Child of God,” am passing through my time on earth—and others have done great things and will do great things, and that is how it works. We contribute our ”selves” to one another. Your goodness enriches me, and my self-sacrifice enriches you. My patience as a special ed child awakens your patience with people around you. God speaks to you through others’ example; you speak to everyone through yours. We are gifts to one another. Others see God’s gifting in your goodness.