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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 1, 2014

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WEDNESDAY, October 1

Luke 5:36 Jesus also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old.”

The women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, have been making patchwork coverlets since the nineteenth century. Living on a cotton plantation with no running water or electricity, they pieced together strips of cloth to make quilts. The first time I saw these, I was stunned: made from pieces of worn-out clothing, they were beautiful. Bright reds and yellows, deep purples and blues, all stitched together in inventive patterns—these women were true artists.

Amazing, how they made something new out of something old, something useful out of rags. Amazing, that by working together, they made such glorious tapestries out of their poverty.

I think Jesus was also making something new out of old when he brought the tax collector to dinner with the Pharisees. He showed them, showed us, how to thread love through the old ways based on the law and the prophets. When we do this, we too become quilters, creating a new pattern of life by living side by side with our neighbors and loving them no matter who they are.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ife (Ibadan, Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, c. 530.

Ps 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Hosea 4:11-19; Acts 21:15-26; Luke 5:27-39



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