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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 24, 2017

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TUESDAY, January 24

Mark 6:4-5 Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.

My husband and I moved back to his hometown, where he would practice environmental law. We were excited to be close to family and his old friends and were warmly greeted.

However, at the grocery store, doctor’s office, or the pharmacy, my husband was routinely called by his childhood name. Even our bills were addressed to a diminutive appellation used long ago. Clearly, it was going to take more than coming home to set up our household to convince the community we had something to offer as adults.

Jesus understands that hometown eyes don’t always see the potential inside those who grow up and return home. My experience of this gospel story in our married life reminds me to reserve judgment—to keep an open mind. It is so easy to belittle others with comments or preconceived opinions. Recognizing the power, goodness, and talents of others requires open minds and hearts.

PRAY for the Diocese of Langtang (Jos, Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi, First Woman Priest in the Anglican Communion, 1944.

Ps 45 * 47, 48; Isaiah 48:12-21; Galatians 1:18—2:10; Mark 6:1-13

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