Mary went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,” and then
reported what he had told her.
Good news is hard to keep to oneself, especially when the information will be helpful to others. We share a good book and diet tips that really work. We tell our colleagues about inroads we have made with the new payroll technology or the new boss. We cannot keep the news of a long-awaited pregnancy or a cancer remission to ourselves for longer than it takes to scroll down to a number on our cell phones. It seems that good news is a far too limited commodity in this Twenty-first Century world of ours.
The truth is that since humankind first rejected God’s ways, good news has been in short supply. The prophets laid the foundation before Jesus arrived in Bethlehem to offer glimpses of true hope. When Jesus made it up the hill to Calvary, hope took on new life. When Jesus embraced death, he presented hope-fulfilled to the world. A few days later, the rumbling in the tomb sealed the deal. Good news took on a whole new meaning –forever!
Dear God, painful as his passion and dying were, Jesus persisted because of the great good which would result. Help me to persist in doing the right thing as well, even when it is painful.
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