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The good news for the day, May 15, 2017

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter (285)

Jesus says to his friends: “Anybody who gets my directives and carries them out—that identifies someone who loves me. Anybody loving me will be loved by my Father, I will love him and be present to him.” Judas (not the Iscariot) said, “Sir, what has happened that you are going to reveal who you are to us but not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “Anybody who loves me will do what I have to say; my Father will love that person. We will come to him and stay with that person permanently. Whoever does not love me is someone who does not do what I say to do. The message you hear, though, is not mine; it comes from the Father who sent me. “I have told you this while I am still with you. The One who speaks up for you—the Holy Spirit–the Father will send in my name—that spirit will teach you everything—and remind you of everything I have been telling you.” (John 14)

The Holy Spirit! An insight that can help you appreciate God is that your love of other people, of the world around you, and of the unique gifts God has given you – all lead to a fresh outlook, a re-born life—this Spirit of God. If you are in love with God, you find yourself living differently– you have a new outlook.

This spirit of love is intertwined with yourself, shaping your conscience, your gratitude, your expectations of others, your sense of equality with all other humans, and your sense of peace. This spirit is not something separate from yourself – it is not “out there” – but imminent within you – in your character.

It may be significant for you to know that in the original language of Jesus the word is feminine, in Greek it is a neuter noun, and in Latin it is masculine. This fact may suggest the mystery of how it is part of who you are. This creative, conscientious, courageous, and truthful Spirit is an individual thing, even though shared by everyone. It gives you courage – when the time comes – to speak the truth, despite controversy, antagonism, and even persecution. It is a spirit of love which enables you to accept and speak the truth – without it your character flops around like a dying fish. With it, the outlook of Jesus is revealed to the world.

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