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The Good News for the Day, July 15, 2017
Saturday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time (388)

Jesus says to His followers: “No student is superior to the teacher, no employee above the owner. It is enough for the student that to become like the teacher, for the employee that to become like the owner. If people have accused the head of the house of being the demon Beelzebul, how much more anybody in the family! So, don’t be afraid of them. Nothing concealed goes unrevealed, nothing secret that will not get known. What I tell you in the shadows, you are to speak in the light; what you hear whispered, get it out in public. Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the true you—your soul; rather, be afraid of the anybody who can make both your “you” and your corpse trash. Can’t you sell a couple of small birds for a few dollars? Yet—not a single one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowing it. Even every hair on your head counts. Don’t be afraid; you count more than many a small bird. Every person acknowledging me in public I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But anyone in denial about me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father. (Matthew 10)

Jesus here reminds you of “transparency”—to be like a pane of glass. When you speak out, act kind, do good, heal and help—people see through you to the Good which our Father—the Father of our Family—offers. You count with God—but what counts is your doing the Will of Creation’s Father.

Be afraid of corrupters, yes—of liars and half-truthers, of seductive folks who buy into ideologies of politics, religion, local cultures and prejudices—and want to persuade you to join them. Be yourself, a Child of God. Watch out not to buy into any of that—lest you lose the radiance which shines through you. A public sees you, hears you, imitates you. It is always there. Your simple words, your quiet joy, your creative peace and generosity—these shape creation and the future. Your job is to put that glass pane up—and by your acts “acknowledge” the Childhood of God—that every person can share this same family home—can share the specialness God offers—can, in fact, see the face of God.

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