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The Good News for the Day, August 11, 2017
Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time (411)

Jesus says to his followers and friends, “Anybody who wants to follow after me has to deny themselves, take up their particular cross, and then follow me. Anybody who wants to save their own life will lose it, but anybody who abandons their previous life to live as I do will find it. What profit would there be for somebody to win or earn the whole world while giving up their life? In the end, what can somebody give as a fair exchange for living? Eventually, the Human Child will come with a final judgment in what the Father’s glory signifies, and then he will repay everyone according to how that person has spent life. The truth is: some standing here will not taste death until they see the Human Child arrive in the Realm where He is.” (Matthew 16)

Saints are people who wake up to the paradoxes that make life worth living. Really Living does not require money nor security, not defensiveness nor habits of coziness, not power nor superiority over others—these are not real living. These are ghosts and idols, fake things that make people feel good—but miss the deeper, greater, holier existence of a Child of God.

Saints—like Sts. Francis and Clare in the Middle Ages—knew that what counts are love and service, self-denial and Living a fresh Life, abandoning wealth (both had money that they gave up).

You face your individual challenge in life—it may be a hidden disability, a habit of arrogance, an addiction to drugs or sex, a careless disdain about “lower-class” people—or just so much comfort you forget to care about people who need to be cared for.  Facing them IS your salvation.

You face your challenge—You embrace your cross—and you find a wonder-filled New Human Life as a Child of God. Your realization of being part of the Great Family of Human souls—leads you to realize how much time is spent sleeping—sleeping while awake—instead of appreciating the true values—of Life—which time is offering you. The Good News—the exciting Good News—is how easy it is in the end to choose service over money, to live a habit of kindness over a habit of superiority—and to love, not hate.

 

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