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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 27, 2015

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FRIDAY, March 27

John 12:7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone.”

One of my earliest memories of school is when my older brother rescued me from a bully. Just as the bully was about to punch me, I heard my brother’s voice, “Leave him alone.” Life seemed to stop in that moment. I remember waiting for the hit and thinking, “I am dead now.” Then I heard that voice of protection, and everything changed. The bully never bothered me again.

I believe the drama of scripture invites us to take our roles and turns in each story. Imagine being Mary with the courage to approach Jesus and anoint his feet with expensive perfume and then to dry his feet with her hair. Imagine being Judas who objected to this act of love. Imagine being Martha and the crowd of onlookers. What thoughts come to you?

Imagine being Jesus who uttered the words, “Leave her alone.” As you journey toward Holy Week, you might also imagine all the troubled people and places, and say with conviction the words of Jesus, “Leave them alone!”

PRAY for the Diocese of Mthatha (Southern Africa)

Today the Church remembers Charles Henry Brent, Bishop of the Philippines, and of Western New York, 1929.

Ps 95* & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Jeremiah 29:1, 4-13; Romans 11:13-24; John 11:1-27 or 12:1-10



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