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The Good News for the day, May 10, 2018

Thursday in the Sixth Week of Easter (294)

Jesus says to people inspired by him: “In a little while you won’t see me any longer—and then again—a little while later—and you will see me.” So some of his friends there muttered to each other, “What does this mean when He says this to us, ‘In a little while you won’t see me any longer—and then again—a little while later—and you will see me.’? and He said: ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” So they asked, “What is this ‘little while’ He is talking about? We don’t know what he means.” Since Jesus knew that they would have liked to ask him, He said to them, “Are you wondering —talking to each other—what I meant when I said, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? The fact is: you’re going to cry, to mourn—while the world is happy. You’ll grieve, but your grief will become joy. (John 16)

Three times Jesus tries to get the point across. He is going to die—go away, leave, depart, die! People will feel bad. We wish He were still here. You’d like to ask him questions, see his skin and eyes, hold his hand, hear his voice and absorb his kindness and wisdom. But He went away—He died.

But He rose. He is in heaven…and heaven is near, inside you, as he so clearly said.  He is with the Father, our creator.

He is inviting you to see him now—to look for him in your neighbors, in the needy people around you, in your spouse and friends, in the public and private spheres, in you silence, and in your listening.

Faith deepens and grows as you become aware of real people—of human presence and mutual needs and our interlocking lives. You can see Jesus only if you awaken to a faith in the unseen, only if it dawns on you—hard—that the

child of God who lives next door is The Child of God.

The crabby Facebook relative, the spiraling-downward drunken young friend, the needy poor couple, the wise old lady, the smart young teacher you once taught, the politician you don’t care for—and the one you do, the very successful 20-year-old, and the young woman struggling with mental illness. THESE—these are the children of God who manifest the Risen, stigmata-wearing Jesus now.

You change with this awakening, this growing up. You respect people unworthy of respect; you act though people reject your efforts to help, you love when people are unlovable.

You believe in the Family, in the Presence of Jesus here and now—to your joy!

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