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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 24, 2014

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THURSDAY, April 24    Thursday in Easter Week

Psalm 118:22. The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

The centerpiece picture on a friend’s living room wall shows her two young kids eating ice cream. They have chocolate stains down their shirts, their hands are covered, their mouths are smeared with ice cream. My friend explains: the photographer couldn’t get the kids to pose, so finally, with nothing left to lose, she enticed them with ice cream. In the picture, you can see their joy. They’re looking at each other, twinkle-eyed, one licking a drop of ice cream from her wrist. It’s not the picture my friend planned, but it’s the heart of the room.

How often are we so focused on perfection that we miss the joy of the moment? How often do we discard a plan, reject an idea, because it doesn’t fit with our preconceived notions?

A lot of people didn’t believe Jesus was the Savior because he didn’t jibe with what they expected. He wasn’t born royalty. He wasn’t a high-ranking official or a noted scholar. So they missed out on embracing the King of kings, the heart of our faith, the chief cornerstone of our life.

Are we still doing this today?

PRAY for the Diocese of Cashel and Ossory (Dublin, Ireland)

Ps 8 or 114 or 118:19-24; Acts 3:11-26; Luke 24:36b-48

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