The Good News for the Day, July 3, 2017
Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time (377)
(First reading) This is what YHWH says to you: For three wrongdoings of my people Israel—and for a fourth and beyond, I will not break away from what I have said will be done. Because, first, they use a good man for their own profit, and—second—abuse a poor person over a pair of shoes. Third, they imagine the heads of the weak belong in the dust of the earth, and, finally, they just push common humans out of their way. (Amos 2)
(Gospel) When Jesus saw a crowd gathering around him, he decided to go away—across to the other shore. A learned person approached Him and said, “Teacher, I will be your follower wherever you may go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have lairs; birds in the air make nests, but the Child of Humankind has nowhere to rest his head.” Another follower said to him, “Sir, let me first go and bury my father.” Jesus answered him, “Become my follower, and you let dead people bury their dead.” (Matthew 8)
Jesus provokes you and me to Life. By Life he means being alive to challenges to your community—your “Israelite family.” In your realm, folks help one other, where people in need—common folk—turn to other humans expecting and assuming they will find help. Rich people, those who flaunt wealth and look down on the rest of us, are wrong-doers. Wrong-doers are dead inside—involved with an anti-Jesus culture—with a shallow life-style of mechanically obedient, hypocritically inauthentic and disdainful humans. a Child of Humanity yourself, you find them lifeless—absenting themselves from the Family of our Father, homeless in their soul–hungering for a place to stay—in the community of the mutually helpful.
In the Realm of What is right you find a home-life, a sense of belonging that runs deep and permanent. That is the Good News—your Life of equality and kindness, your Life where security has nothing to do with money or even blood relatives—but with that belonging which comes as a gift to you, when you realize it all depends on loving one another.