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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 23, 2014

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WEDNESDAY, April 23    Wednesday in Easter Week

Luke 24:27. Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

I imagine Jesus was just as perplexed. I mean, the prophets had foretold his life and death. While he wandered throughout Israel with the disciples, Jesus dropped lots of hints about his true identity. He talked frankly with them in the upper room and later that night in the garden of Gethsemane. But the disciples still didn’t understand. They heard the talk, but it didn’t compute. So Jesus goes through the stories again, connecting the dots, interpreting the scriptures, trying to help them comprehend.

It’s a good reminder. One conversation on big topics is hardly ever enough. I have run into this situation with my children, in teaching them lessons of responsibility and respect. And I encounter the problem with friends and other family: sometimes we don’t get the message the first, second, or even third time. We need to keep talking to each other, retelling the stories, explaining the difficult again and again, hoping and accepting that each time might bring new insight and understanding.

PRAY for the Diocese of Carlisle (York, England)

Ps 105:1-8 or 118:19-24; Acts 3:1-10; Luke 24:13-35

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