The good news for the day, May 21, 2017
Sunday of the Sixth Week of Easter (55)
Jesus says to His friends, “If you really love me, you will follow my directions; I will ask the Father; he will give you still another Voice who will speak up for you and be permanently with you—an attitude, a Spirit of truth–something the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows that spirit. But you know him, because that attitude stays as part of you, and will be inside you. I won’t leave you without a family; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you WILL see me, because I am so alive and so are you. In due time, you will realize that I am “in” my Father and you are “in” me and I am “in” you. Whoever has my directions and follows them is someone who loves me. And anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself known to him.” (John 14)
It takes courageous truth to follow the directions of Jesus. We breeze along in life thinking I’m a pretty good person–but you can miss the directions to maturity and goodness if you don’t pay attention to your heart. Are you “like a little child”? Do you take up your cross daily? Do you find telling the whole truth important? Can you accept something—some truth—that challenges long-held habits? Does your faith keep growing like a mustard seed? Do you admit the whole truth when you have screwed up?
These are the challenges—the directions—that say whether we love one another, whether you are a humble servant among others. Jesus, the least of the family, is part of you; He reminds you in your conscience to have a spirit, an outlook of care. forgiveness, understanding, patience and selflessness—endure correction, reach out to hurting people, be part of the great Gift of Creation for others.
You do not work miracles. You do not parade your virtue and righteousness. You go the other direction—inward, the direction of modest obedience to your heart, trying to hear what the noblest Voice within you tells you to do. You listen to the Good News, the voice of authentic, constant repentance. You find peace.