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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 10, 2017

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THURSDAY, August 10

Acts 19:13 Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.”

I have never witnessed anything quite like the beating the sons of Sceva receive in our reading from Acts. I have never come across “itinerant Jewish exorcists.” No one close to me depends on the relics of a saint, and I don’t know anyone who has been healed by a handkerchief.

However tempting a miraculous narrative may be, it does not resonate with the eternal truth of Christ in the same way vulnerability does. For me, the strength of Jesus is power made perfect in weakness. My desire to be the conduit of miracles negates the grace upon which I depend daily. The more I long for my own greatness, the less I sense the heavenly substance of healing that adorns Paul’s aprons and handkerchiefs. When the love that shapes all things is formed from some sacrifice of my prideful heart, I begin to see Christ’s handiwork in the world.

MOVING FORWARD: Do some handiwork you have been putting off—mend a shirt, fix a button, sew on a patch. Commit yourself to praying along with your work.

PRAY for the Diocese of Rayalaseema (South India)

Today the Church remembers Laurence, Deacon, and Martyr at Rome, 258.

Ps [83] or 145 * 85, 86 | 2 Samuel 11:1-27 | Acts 19:11-20 | Mark 9:2-13

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