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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 19, 2014

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FRIDAY, September 19      Ember Day

Acts 17:6-7 These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also….They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king named Jesus.

In the 1960s, when Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers to secure fair wages and safe conditions for migrant workers, students from my suburban high school got involved. We boycotted grapes and even took our protest to the home of the CEO of the local grocery chain. On Saturday mornings, we gathered in front of his house with our signs and sang “We shall not be moved” as he came out to get his newspaper. “Don’t you kids have somewhere else to be?” he would ask wearily. No, we did not. We thought it mattered.

Today’s readings are full of difficult people who upset the rulers and the status quo. Paul and Silas anger the Jews in Thessalonica; Jesus, nearing the end of his ministry, has to hide from authorities who refuse to believe in him. What “these people” did truly mattered.

My first small attempt to turn the world upside down cost me only some free time and accomplished little. Jesus died for our salvation and his disciples gave their lives to build his church and transform the world. Christians today are still dying for their faith. Great things come at a great price.

PRAY for the Diocese of Hpa-an (Myanmar)

Today the Church remembers Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690.

Ps 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Esther 1:1-4, 10-19; Acts 17:1-15; John 12:36b-43

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