November 16, 2010

From Pauline Books...

I feel so broad-minded for reading a publication with an article by Sr. Joan Chittister! :-) I jest. From the self-same publication - the newsletter Life & Soul - by Sr. Mary Le Hill, FSP:
Just How Good is the Good News?

How often do we consider these powerful little words: good and news? Both are among the most overused words in the English language.

Classic introduction: "How are you?"
"Good!"

Classic advice: "I only want you hanging around with good kids."

Classic quote (from G. K. Chesterton):
"The word good has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yars, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man."
And what about news? If I were a news editor, my idea of good news would be
1. short: the essential:

2. simple: the human interest;

3. strong: the unique angle.
Do the Gospels meet my criteria? Well, they are short - to the point of irritation. We always wish the evangelists had said more. As for human interest: their 2,000 plus years on the best-seller list attests to our fascination with their simple message. The strength of the Gospels is definitely in the unique angle from which they present thier breaking story.

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As a baby Jesus came to us in weakness and helplessness... Jesus' life is of profound importance to our own. He is both God's Word spoken to us and our word of response to God. We now speak to God only in him, with him, and through him. He is always the most contemporary means of communication with God.

Paulines by definition are evanglizers. Well, what does that mean? I'm going to spreak the Gospel. Yes, but more! I am going to do the gospel, to evangelize. It is the most effective means, as illustrated by God himself, in the incarnation, he is the Good News.

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