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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 22, 2014

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MONDAY, September 22      Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (tr)

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

I don’t like sewing and am not good at it, but our century-old house has nonstandard sized windows, so when I need new kitchen curtains I have to make them. I choose gingham fabric, every time—not because I have a fixation with squares of alternating colors, but because the checked pattern gives me lines to follow. I can cut the cloth evenly and sew straight seams. Even with my limited skills, I get a presentable result.

Many times I wish the fabric of my life could be gingham. I yearn for directions, guidelines, ways to keep on the straight path.

Today’s readings for the feast of Saint Matthew, the evangelist whose Gospel is rich in parables and the teachings of Jesus, give us the simple and clear directions we seek: trust in God, keep the commandments, and read and learn from scripture, so to be “proficient, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17).

And in all ways acknowledge—and give thanks to God—that Jesus came to call the sinners and the sick, the seekers and strivers, and even those whose seams go crooked and who stumble on the path.

PRAY for the Diocese of Hyderabad (Pakistan)

Today the Church remembers Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.

Ps 119:33-40; Proverbs 3:1-6; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Matthew 9:9-13

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