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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 19, 2014

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FRIDAY, December 19       Ember Day

Matthew 11:11 [Jesus said], “Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

Jesus identifies John the Baptist as the messenger who prepares the way of the Lord. John must have seemed like a wild man with scruffy clothes and a strange diet. He must have startled people. Jesus asks: What did you expect to find in the wilderness? Soft robes?

John was the messianic prophet. No one greater had ever appeared. But the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John. That’s the kingdom we await in hope.

Jesus brings a heavenly kingdom. He is the Messiah. His mission is authentic, and the changes are real. “The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them” (Matthew 11:5). The love of God changes everything and calls us to witness transformations that seem impossible. The kingdom of heaven comes in unexpected ways, with help from a surprising cast of characters, including us!

PRAY for the Diocese of Kolhapur (North India)

Ps 40, 54 * 51; Isaiah 10:5-19; 2 Peter 2:17-22; Matthew 11:2-15

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