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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 20, 2017

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SUNDAY, August 20      11 Pentecost

Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

I am duly impressed by the persistence of the Canaanite woman, in her confidence that Jesus can heal her daughter, and in Jesus’ demonstration of mercy and reason. But it is much more challenging to consider the depth of Jesus’ work as a servant.

In my childhood, I watched the movie The Princess Bride more times than I care to admit. Perhaps this explains why I am drawn to the servitude in Jesus’ statement, “…as you wish.” In The Princess Bride, this same phrase, “As you wish…” is not only the refrain of a servant boy, it is also the revelatory statement of a presumed dead man rescuing his true love. Just as Buttercup longs for Westley, so we long for Christ—whether we know the words to say or not. And much like Buttercup, our living and breathing beloved is before us, and we remain unaware. Yet Jesus’ words reveal the beloved—the heart of a servant set on meeting our deepest needs.

MOVING FORWARD: Watch or re-watch The Princess Bride. Share your own connections to the gospel lesson with #ForwardDaybyDay.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Rochester (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 133 and Genesis 45:1-15 –OR– Ps 67 and Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 | Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28

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