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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 30, 2015

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THURSDAY, July 30

Mark 7:14 Listen to me, all of you, and understand.

This is Jesus, electrifying a room or a courtyard or a hill, calling people out for their hypocrisy and backing his contention with fact. Jesus reminds those gathered that there is a problem when we worship rules, when we assign spiritual busywork for gold stars, when we forget that the “why” is so much more important than the “how.”

Getting why and how reversed is an age-old pitfall. Cain and Abel, Saul and David, Pharisees and Jesus...confusing the importance of why and how makes it easy to separate “us” from “them.” Once we do that, we feel righteous when we spew meanness and draw battle lines and lose the point entirely.

We love God. There are as many answers as for why we love God as there are answers for why some people refuse to believe there is a God at all. We love God, and there are as many ways to love God as there are stars in the sky. Why would we choose to push away the answers to “why” or the questions about “how”?

“There are a million ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”—Rumi

PRAY for the Diocese of Recife (Brazil)

Today the Church remembers William Wilberforce, 1833.

Ps [70], 71 * 74; 2 Samuel 4:1-12; Acts 16:25-40; Mark 7:1-23

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