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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 1, 2014

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SATURDAY, November 1       All Saints’ Day

Matthew 5:6 [Jesus said], “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Being a parent of young children means I am acutely aware of those who hunger and thirst. Admittedly, it’s not often righteousness for which they are hungering and thirsting. Often they are craving chocolate, pining for candy, begging for ice cream, or some such thing. Naturally, if they are told they can’t have something, they want it all the more. But, if I’m honest, they are more often longing for my attention, my affection, and my loving embrace. And I suppose that is a kind of righteousness in itself.

On this day, as we remember all the saints who have come before us and all the saints who are in our lives, may we recognize that same kind of longing in one another. How may we offer the gifts of attention, affection, and our loving embraces? How might we see the hunger and thirst, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or otherwise, in our brothers and sisters? Perhaps it is in recognizing the hunger and thirst in our neighbors that we are filled. Perhaps it is by reaching out to one another in love that we become righteous, that we may be remembered as saints.

PRAY for the Diocese of Jos (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers All Saints.

Ps 34:1-10, 22; Revelation 7:9-17; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12



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