The Good News for the Day, August 4, 2017
Friday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time (405)
Jesus came home, where he was teaching publicly in their place of prayer. They were surprised and said, “Where did this man get such insight and ability to do such significant actions? Isn’t he a laborer’s son? Isn’t his mother named Mary—and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where did this man get all this?” They turned hostile to him. But Jesus responded, “A prophet is not without honor—except in his own neighborhood and in his own home.” He did not work many significant actions there—because of their lack of faith. (Matthew 13)
Here we have the very definition of faith (Cf. Hebrews 11)—the ability to see things unseen. You see past your blinding habit. You set aside your own prejudices. You drop convictions—humbly—built up over years, to start seeing persons around you in an ever-fresh way—and respect the Presence of God in anybody and everybody.
Once you open your eyes and look—you become aware of hidden aspects of individuals. You see their secret virtue, struggles, and achievements other people don’t know about. In vague ways, you realize each person has a history of rising from abuse, setbacks, neglect, putdowns, defeats, and other bruises. Or you realize their current flopping around in need of help. By looking—by SEEING—you empower others. You lift them from their standard common-ness (of defeatism) into their status as a Child of God, as someone gifted, powerful, and wealthy with grace.
You are both parts of the story. Like his neighbors, you see others and fail to see what is there. Like Jesus, though, you are different—sacred—and people do not see you for who YOU are. So much of life is growing in Faith. By seeing what lies unseen, you live what is being revealed, and You are Alive because you Believe, you believe in others. Great things happen