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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 31, 2015

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FRIDAY, July 31

Mark 7:24 He could not escape notice.

Imagining a Jesus who looks and sounds like us makes us feel like maybe we aren’t doing such a bad job at being a Christian, today. Most of the time, I need to remember all the ways Jesus isn’t like me.

Sometimes, it’s good for me to remember that Jesus can have a smart mouth, total lack of regard for social order, a love for small children, a wicked sense of humor and still be the savior of the world. Jesus isn’t always nice. In fact, sometimes Jesus is rather abrupt. He’s not too keen on compulsive hand-or dish-washing and also makes miracle remedies out of spit and mud. He hangs out with people who could get him into some serious trouble. There are so many ways I am not like Jesus.

One of the things I must stop and notice is that Jesus comes to us as a whole person and God incarnate. I remember the Jesus-shaped hole in myself—all the ways I am not like Jesus, and I am glad that there is enough difference between the two of us that (when I get out of the way) he can slide right in, helping me to try to be all the things he is, loving me into wholeness and truth.

PRAY for the Diocese of Rejaf (Sudan)

Today the Church remembers Joseph of Arimathea.

Ps 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; 2 Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 17:1-15; Mark 7:24-37



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