Good News

We say the gospels are good news.  Most of the time it sounds more like we believe the gospels are a list of rules.  We seem to forget what is the good news message.

I mean good news hasn't changed much since Jesus' time.  The blind see, the lame walk, the hungry are fed, the mourners are companioned with someone, the captives are free, the marginalized tossed out people are brought closer and yet the ways we usually reach out to these people is with judgement.  If they only worked, if they only tried, if they didn't use drugs, if they only budgeted better and we don't offer any programs of help, healing, or companion with good news in them. 

Isn't this what we are supposed to be about?  Spreading the good news.  The good news is hard because it means suspending our judgements.  Just like it was hard for the people at the dinner party to suspend their judgement about the woman who cam in weeping and anointing Jesus' feet, yet Jesus did not judge her he let her cry, anoint and come to some healing before lifting her up and forgiving her (Luke 7:36-50).  Good news means being lavish and extravagant because in this way we mirror God's never failing love for us in spite of all the short comings all of us have.  Can we try to lavish some good news today toward others?