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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 28, 2015

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WEDNESDAY, January 28

Isaiah 49:2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away.

A colleague once told me she enrolled her four-year-old son in wrestling so the boy could be an arrow in God’s quiver. I wasn’t quite sure how to respond to that, especially since I am not much of a wrestling fan. What’s so interesting about sweaty bodies rolling all over each other? God’s arrow? I didn’t think so. But then I started to think about the skills of wrestling: balance, agility, rapidity, honed response.

Actually, I was not so different. I put my young son in karate because he had physical disabilities that prevented him from participating in common sports like soccer, football, basketball. He didn’t want to study karate alone so I joined him. Five years later, we earned our black belts together, but we were forbidden to wear our belts in public. Our skill was to be hidden like an arrow in a quiver, used only in extreme circumstances. And yet it gave us the confidence to be peacemakers.

What skill do you have that God might pull out when needed? How are you maintaining its sharpness?

PRAY for the Diocese of Luapula (Central Africa)

Today the Church remembers Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Theologian, 1274.

Ps 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isaiah 49:1-12; Galatians 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29

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