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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 3, 2015

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THURSDAY, September 3

Mark 15:13 They shouted back, “Crucify him!”

Every year on Palm Sunday, when the congregation participates in the reading of the Passion, I am convicted of my involvement in the crucifixion of Jesus. All of us shout the words “Crucify him!” None of us can claim innocence.

The crucifixion narrative is not only an event in history, but it is also a reality that transcends history. God suffers as the world and people suffer, and all of us have contributed to that suffering by our action or inaction.

Thanks be to God that this is not the end of the story, that redemption and resurrection are God’s transcendent reality. Yet, I still feel lost in the knowledge that pain and suffering abound in this world, that there will always be more I should do to help those in need. In a world of abundant resources, God’s children are still dying of hunger, violence, and preventable disease. And God weeps.

God’s kingdom will ultimately come without any help or hindrance from me or the world at large. Suffering and death will ultimately be conquered by God’s grace. But, in the meantime, I hope I will do my part to cause God to shed a few less tears.

PRAY for the Diocese of Shinyanga (Tanzania)

Ps 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; 1 Kings 11:1-13; James 3:13—4:12; Mark 15:12-21

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