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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 10, 2016

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SUNDAY, January 10        1 Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord

Luke 3:16 He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

I don’t like to throw things out. I keep old playbills and birthday cards, bags I think might come in handy for hauling stuff, socks with holes in them, pens that are pretty much out of ink, and notebooks I’ve filled with bad writing. When I moved in with my wife, I had to get rid of some things. We have limited space. And my wife hates clutter and does not share my pack-rat tendencies.

Along with dried-up pens, I’ve also had to throw out some misperceptions I had about myself, some bad habits, my tendency for self-deprecation. These things hurt me and hurt my relationship with my wife—they kept me from growing.

As we age, we throw away outdated perceptions of ourselves, simplistic understandings of God, and romanticized ideas about how the world may work. Maturing in our lives and in our expressions of faith is indeed a baptism of fire. The dead parts of ourselves are burned away, thrown out with the chaff. The fire can be healing, and it can burn away the things that prevent us from growing.

PRAY for the Diocese of Agra (North India)

Today the Church remembers William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645.

Ps 29; Isaiah 43:1-7; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

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