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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 23, 2018

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Matthew 12:47-48 Someone told him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?”

In Mexico, my closest friend calls me mi carnal, which literally translates to “my flesh.”

Jesus seems to be saying that his real family—his flesh—isn’t his mother or brothers. Contrary to the saying that “blood is thicker than water,” Jesus says that shared faith, hope, and love trump bloodlines and genetic ties.

While this assertion is upsetting to some, this passage also frees many for whom their flesh hasn’t necessarily been a source of love and support. What do you make of Jesus’ words? Who do you consider to be your flesh?

MOVING FORWARD: This summer, make time to have a reunion with your family of choice—those people who are your flesh but maybe not your blood.

PRAY for the Diocese of Christchurch (Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia)

Psalm 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14 | Proverbs 6:1-19 | 1 John 5:1-12 | Matthew 11:16-24



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