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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 24, 2017

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FRIDAY, February 24      Saint Matthias, Apostle

Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Considering Paul’s history of persecuting believers, his choice to forget the past and move into the future is courageous—and a little audacious. Paul knows who he was before Jesus appeared before him in blazing light. Paul also knows that by upending his life, God has shown him immense grace. Paul discovers the truth about himself and God. And that revelation changes him.

Paul never sees himself as being superior to the apostles Jesus had called before the Ascension because Paul came to his vocation differently. The truth of his calling set Paul free to live a new life.

All baptized believers, including Saint Matthias whom we celebrate today, are sent into the world to reveal Jesus as he is, to love and to serve others as Jesus does. To share that love freely in 2017 requires the same measure of courage that Paul and Matthias possessed. Clinging to previous successes or dwelling on past failures will impede our freedom to run without caution into the kingdom of God. Continually looking over our shoulders is a good way to stumble and a poor way to win the prize.

MOVING FORWARD: Sit in front of a mirror. Look at that beautiful face—at the courage and the bravery that God sees in you every single day.

PRAY for the Diocese of Malaita (Melanesia)

Today the Church remembers Saint Matthias the Apostle.

Ps 15 | Acts 1:15-26 | Philippians 3:13b-21 | John 15:1, 6-16

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