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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 28, 2015

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SATURDAY, March 28

Psalm 137:1 By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, when we remembered you, O Zion.

As a Jesuit, I did missionary work in Brazil for a few years. I loved it. Loved the people and loved the culture. Almost every day, someone would come up and ask me to sing a song in English. Brazil, like many foreign countries, plays a lot of American music on their radio stations, so the children, especially, were familiar with some of the music.

Songs have strong associative meanings. When we hear certain songs, they place us in another time or place, they remind us of who we are and from where we’ve come.

The people of Israel wondered how they could ever sing the Lord’s song in a strange land. They soon came to realize that they had to sing these songs, because of how important these songs were to their faith journey. As Christians, we are called to find meaningful ways to sing the Lord’s songs, in our own land and in foreign ones, sometimes literally but always metaphorically.

PRAY for the Diocese of Muhabura and the Diocese of Mukono (Uganda)

Ps 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 42, 43; Jeremiah 31:27-34; Romans 11:25-36; John 11:28-44 or 12:37-50

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