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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 23, 2014

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THURSDAY, October 23     Saint James of Jerusalem, Brother of Our Lord

Matthew 13:57-58 Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house.” And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.

When I first learned to make bread, I followed the recipe religiously. I measured the flour with utmost care and anxiously tested the temperature of the water before stirring in the yeast. Then I turned on the mixer and poured the liquid slowly into the flour. What a sticky mess! Instead of throwing everything away, though, I persisted. Eventually the dough evened out, so I turned it onto a board, let it rest for ten minutes, and began to knead it. As I turned the dough again and again, it became glossy and smooth and elastic. Finally, I tucked it into a pan and set it to rise. That night at dinner we enjoyed a fragrant, warm loaf of bread.

There was a lesson indeed. The tried-and-true recipe was in front of me, but like the unbelievers in Jesus’ hometown, I could have said, “How on earth will this commonplace mixture ever become a nourishing loaf of bread?” Jesus’ words are like the yeast in that bread, giving life to whoever hears them.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Isiala-Ngwa South and Isiala-Ngwa (Aba, Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Saint James of Jerusalem, Brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Martyr, C. 62.

Ps 1; Acts 15:12-22a; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Matthew 13:54-58

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