The Good News for the day, February 21, 2018
Wednesday of the First Week of Lent (226)
Noticing still more people gathering, Jesus says to people in general, “This generation is a bad one; it keeps looking for some something significant, but no sign will be given it—except the sign of Jonah. The way Jonah became significant to the Ninevites, so will This Human Child become for this generation. In the end, the queen from outside—from the South—will come up in comparison with the men of this generation and her presence will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth just to hear the wisdom of Solomon but there is something more important than Solomon here. The bottom line—the men of Nineveh will come up in comparison with this generation and condemn it—because at the preaching of Jonah they changed their ways—and there is something more important than Jonah here.” (Luke 11)
Here is the crux of it—the choice to deny or accept—to avoid out of fear, indecision, rationalizing, or sloth—or to accept with courage, faith, self-denial and humility.
Deny or accept what? God’s world.
You are called to either deny or accept Creation with all its living complexity and utter simplicity, its beauty as well as what offends you, its clarity and its mystery, its April sunshine and its December blizzard, whether to accept both its human villains as evil and its human heroes as good—and how everybody is both-and.
When you come right down to it, there is no “key” to the mystery of life, the meaning and peace of final satisfaction. No book, no set of beliefs, spiritual experience or lightning bolt will, once and for all, provide satisfaction. No, you do make acts of faith in seeing the world as evil—fearful—or seeing it as good—faith.
Once you say “yes” to the universe, you accept your own role as a Child of this Loving Father, you acknowledge His hand in nature, politics and finances. It is not that God messes with them, but that everything has a meaning that is there once you “get” it. Everything is calling you to change your life, to grow up, to keep your eyes on the whole truth—and to become permanently alive–(“eternal life”).
If. on the contrary, as “this generation,” you attach your soul blindly to a leader, an ideology, a faction or even conformity, you lose the permanent Presence of the Spirit of God within your core. The brief tale of Jonah reminds all of us that there is resolute challenge for you to keep deepening your appreciation, gratitude and love for the world outside of yourself—Your Father’s world. Pray you never forget that the Kingdom of God is near—is what is happening—it is what is important.