The Good News for the day, April 24, 2018
Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Easter (280)
The celebration of the Temple Dedication was happening in Jerusalem. (It was winter.) Jesus was walking around in the temple area—on the Portico of Solomon. So, some Judeans gathered around him in a circle to press: “How long are you going to keep our very lives in suspense? If you are the Messiah, just say so!” ” Jesus answered them, “I have told you who I am, and you don’t believe me.” The things I do as part of my Father’s family tell the public about me. But you don’t come to believe because you’re not among my sheep. The sheep who are mine hear what I say. I know them, and they are coming along with me. I give them a permanent life, and they’ll not die forever. No one can pry them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is the Most Important and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10)
This conversation is a reminder of the kind of leader we have—and you are. The role of Jesus is spiritual—meaning the mind and heart, the outlook and principles—the unseen and often unspoken part of you.
These Judeans—like so many of us today—live and look for the obvious, and evade, deny and misunderstand—deliberately—what is right, what is essential. If a speaker, an ad, an article is colorful, exciting, boom-boom, or heart-wrenching, we pay heed; if it is an appeal for something easy (a signature, a little money, a new product, a fresh drug), we go along.
The Good News is that, most often, your conscience, your habit of truth, your sense of caring recognizes something to believe in. Creation and truth speak to you, and the light goes on. You hear and see the invisible love, you respond to the call of silence that reaches out to you.
It may be a vista of stunning beauty, a homeless woman with her cart, a bullied child, a friend in jail, a crying friend, a man with dementia, a child’s innocent eyes, a movie revelation of truth, the words of a song, or a comfortable game of cards with friends—something touches your heart, and gratitude, belief, commitment, joy rises in you—part of the “permanent life” Jesus offers us Children of God, His Family..
This is the Belief—to see the Works of Creation, the Goodness Around You. You are not dead; you will not die, so long as you see God’s world, appreciate it, respond to it, and live bonding with the goodness that is here, celebrating and grateful.