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The Good News for the day, April 28, 2018

Saturday in the Fourth Week of Easter (24))

Jesus says to people inspired by Him: “If you have any idea of who I am, then you do recognize my Father, too. From now on you do have knowledge of him and, yes, you have seen him.” Philip said to Jesus, “Sir, just show us this ‘Father’—that will work for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for such a long time—and still you don’t have any idea of who I am, Philip? Anybody who has seen me has recognizes the Father, too! How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I address to you—I am not just saying these things on my own. The Father who remains within me is doing his job. Believe me—that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe just because of the things that get done. The truth I am telling you this: anybody who believes in me will be doing the same things I do—and achieve even greater things than these—because I am going to be gone to the Father. In this regard—anything—whatever—you ask in my name, I will do it, so that the Father may be appreciated—glorified—in the Child. If you ask me anything as part of the Family, I will do it. (John 14)

This whole passage offers a very deep consideration. Not just that “whoever sees me sees the Father.” That is the core.  But watch where it leads, this core—like a tree trunk with branches—to you.

Jesus knew that the Creator and He shared—and share—the same character traits, the same nature, the same kind of Person. You see—you KNOW—the character traits of Jesus. You see in Him the same kind of Person who has made your world, gives you life, endows you and your world with beauty, mystery, challenges—giving you what is vital. You see a caring, healing humility, and the creation of a whole new world around Jesus. You see forces of hypocrisy and violence resist him. You recognize a Force that attracts honest, loving people, respects women and children, does not so much control as offers remedies for things gone wrong—the Father at work.

Anybody who believes in me will do the same thing—the same works,” He continues, “and it is your job now,“ Jesus gone—leaving it up to you to carry on this same nature, the same responsibilities, and the same—yes—miracles that bring God into this mortal world. Not spectacular public miracles—but the more important ones—bringing a grieving person to peace, a cancer-victim to acceptance, an angry or guilty friend back to a better life. People do see God in you when you love caringly.  If you ask, God gives you strength and courage to change—and help others change.

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