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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 30, 2014

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TUESDAY, September 30

Luke 5:18-19 Some men came, carrying a paralyzed man on a bed…but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles… in front of Jesus.

When Father John preached on this story of the paralytic, he didn’t speak of the miraculous healing or the even more awesome forgiveness of sins, but of the determined men who brought their friend to Jesus. He asked questions that I still reflect on two decades later: who are the people you trust enough to raise you up to the Lord—not just in prayer, but for real? Who are the people who love you enough to carry you to Jesus, even if you might not want to go; who will push through a crowd, make an embarrassing fuss, risk the anger of others, and even ruin a roof to bring you to healing?

My list of such faithful and faith-filled friends changes as the years move along and people move in and out of my life, but as long as I can name at least four people—one to carry each corner of my metaphorical bed—I feel loved, protected, and oh so blessed.

I challenge you today to name at least four people in your life who you trust this much, who will go to such lengths for you—and to give thanks to God for the gift of such powerful love. And then to tell these people how grateful you are for their presence.

PRAY for the Diocese of Idoani (Ondo, Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Jerome, Priest, and Monk of Bethlehem, 420.

Ps 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10; Acts 21:1-14; Luke 5:12-26



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