It’s been another full-plate week, so I’m late in writing this week, but want to put words to a bursting light in my heavy heart. I’m on social networks quite a lot lately for work-related research, yet it’s hard to escape the headline news of the Manchester terrorist attack and racist fueled death of beautiful student, Richard Collins III by a white supremest. So many of our hearts groan with wordless cries!
Yet, although glaring hate and a world gone made seem the dominant force in this fragile world, we must, must, must seek the light in the subversive power of the Good News.
I woke this morning thinking how Jesus lived in a broken world in the first century not too different from our world today. He walked through territories like toxic waste dumps, provinces filled terrorism, hate, persecution, greed, and evil, led by hypocritical politicians and religious alike. Yet, in the face of deep injustices, he set in place a countercultural movement of Good News — spreading the gospel of God’s love and grace like yeast rising through decades and centuries and lands where I find it today in my heart. The Good News, almost invisible, lives and breathes and moves over, under above, behind, and around us, we just need eyes to see and ears to hear. It’s a The Good News summed by Jesus when he spoke about the greatest commandments: “This is the greatest commandment..You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
It’s the Good News leading to the hope that all things are possible, where in loving our neighbor we weep in the morning and for those mourning with the healing balm of God’s love in our heart. It’s the Good News where we walk in the mystery of Christ leading the way through garbage dumps of the world’s bad news, awakening a beloved kingdom on earth, holding the promise that someday we will live in peace, and the lion will lay down with the lamb. It’s the Good News of standing for the power of God’s love, truth and justice, and that we, the children of the light, rise like yeast where we stand.
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