The Good News for the Day, July 22, 2017
Saturday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time (394)

Some Pharisees got together and conspired against Jesus—how to put him to death. When Jesus realized this, he got away from there. Many people were followers of his—and would cure them all, though he kept warning them not to make him famous. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved in whom I delight;
I shall place my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not contend or cry out,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope.
(Matthew 12)

What is the meaning of Life?  So many jokes hide, sometimes, the bald seriousness of this question. Clearly—it varies—some people find meaning in wealth, others in sex, in following sports or TV series—or some other pursuit.

Others don’t concern themselves—they avoid—put off reflection, deny the curiosity or conscience of childhood and charge ahead, not looking inward.

In these reding you are reminded that it is your spirit—your outlook attitude and readiness to look and see others as others—that mark you as alive or not. One Meaning of Life you live—is to project “justice” to others—repairing damaged people—offering hope, a persistent kindness that does not break the bruised reed, and does not quench the smoldering wick of faith in one another. You find meaning as your inner peace loves, forgives, and nurtures the stranger, the needy, the hopeful and the lonely.   


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