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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 29, 2015

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WEDNESDAY, July 29

Mark 6:51 They were utterly astounded.

I can imagine one of my students telling me this story, all breathless and slightly sweaty, with a tiny bit of lunch left in the brackets of their braces. It would go something like this:

In less than 24 hours, Jesus has cancelled our vacation, fed five thousand men and who knows how many women and children, and then put us all on a boat, only to wave at us from the shore as he starts walking up the hill. And now, he’s walking on water in the middle of a crazy storm, commanding the wind and the waves, and telling us not to be afraid. It’s been a crazy day. I can’t remember what time we had lunch, or if we ate dinner. I’m super tired, and I just wish I was wearing dry underpants.

Sometimes, it feels like Jesus is asking us to understand impossible things, totally opposite from everything we thought we knew just yesterday. Like my students, when confronted with new knowledge and a completely different understanding of how the world actually works, we feel confused at the way our world has been reorganized by an economy of grace and mercy. Then, when we finally get out of the boat, our eyes are opened and our hearts softened as we see healing all around us.

PRAY for the Diocese of Rayalaseema (South India)

Today the Church remembers Mary and Martha of Bethany.

Ps 72 * 119:73-96; 2 Samuel 3:22-39; Acts 16:16-24; Mark 6:47-56

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