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The Good News for the Day, July 18, 2017
Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time (390)

Jesus began to tell off the towns where most of his significant activities had taken place—since they had not changed their ways. “It is too bad for you, Chorazin! Too bad for you, Bethsaida! If the significant activities done in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have changed their ways and regretted in public ways. I am telling you, it will be go more easily for Tyre and Sidon in the end than for you. As for you, Capernaum: Will you be honored to high heaven? You will go down to perdition. If the significant actions done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have been here until today. I’m telling you, it will be go easier for the land of Sodom in the end than for you.”  (Matthew 11)

A theme that runs through these Gospels is the frustration of Jesus to get people to change their ways, to wake them up from their habits and prejudices. You share this frustration with Jesus. No matter what your occupation, your character, your charisma, and your influence on people, you feel unable to change them. They seem stubborn, set in their ways.

In very many religions, followers – maybe only one or two – or a dozen close friends–actually ”get it.” What have these communities failed to get that triggers such complaints; what is “it” that so many fail to get?

On the one hand, many people, reluctant & hostile, deny seeing what is good; many of us are unwilling to leave our comfort zone; we refuse to change from habits of self-interest, superiority, fear, and disdain for others. Serving others, acting magnanimously, and benefiting unworthy people – is beneath many. Change is just too scary.

On the other hand, you have risked going beyond your horizons, and found courage to be a Child of God – more than a lemming of conformity, a victim of culture, or just an un-grown-up adult. You have welcomed the good news, and give a world you did not know existed – the Realm of what is Right, or the kingdom of heaven—which is right here, right now.

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