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The good news for the day, June 10, 2017
Saturday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time (358)

In the course of his teaching Jesus said, “Beware of upper class people, who like to go around in expensive clothes and get significant attention on the streets, setting arrangements at places of prayer, the main table at banquets. They take over mortgaged house of widows and, as a pretext, practice prayers of religiosity. People will judge them severely.” He sat down opposite the collection box, and He was observing how the crowd contributed money into the collection. Many rich people put in loads of money. A poor widow, too, came along and put in a couple of pennies. Calling his followers around him, he said, “Here’s the truth: this poor widow has put in more than all the other contributors to the collection. For they have all given from their extra wealth, but she, from her poverty, has given all she had–her whole security.” (Mark 12)

Repeatedly, in Mark’s view of the life of Jesus, we see the stark contrast between the two places or spheres, or viewpoints. The pursuit of money, power and prestige is the worship of a false god; the practice of humility, generosity and common—ness makes you both a Child of the true God, and a happier person.

So often the ambitious and greedy persons have a veneer of cheerfulness, camaraderie and braggadocio—they have wealthy friends, they live among the elite, and they attend glittery affairs. You and I are common folks, appreciative that everything is a gift—including friends, including what money & security we have, satisfied we have done what we can honestly, rich at heart with loving and being loved, humble about our prestige, wary of praise (as Jesus is, in this Gospel), and patient with the people who have faults just like you and me.

That is the Good News. Being Yourself. Your ambitions are modest; you achievements are personal; your truthfulness is courageous, but quiet. You are at peace.

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