This is a continuation of Christmas, when Jesus started his public ministry. Now, he preaches the Good News and urges people to turn away from sin. It may be odd, but people turn in to sin and turn away from the good news. How did we get to be this way?
When we were children, we must have inculcated the wrong values and sins of the world. Note this famous saying about a child:
· If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
· If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
· If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
· If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
· If a child lives tolerance, he learns to be patient.
· If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident.
· If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
· If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
· If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
· If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
· If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.
We should still proclaim the Good News and turn away from sin. Let us start correcting wrong notions of life and its negativities. Instead of just accepting our state of sinfulness, we can still convince ourselves that we can still turn away from sin and believe the Good News.
Neither should we repeat the words, "I cannot do it." Of course we can! Look at the apostles; they started as fishermen but they ended up fishers of men.
Let's not say, "I don't have anything." Instead, let's say, "I still have something to give." Note the principle of tithing? There's always a tenth to be given for the service of God.
Finally, let's not say, "All is lost." The only left that is keeping us alive is our faith, love and hope in God. If we lost all hope, what is the essence of our existence?
The Good News is flowing to our world. Let us not hinder the Good News. Instead, let us welcome becoming its instrument to heal the wounded world and bringing it back to God.