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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 12, 2018

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MONDAY, March 12

Luke 15:20 So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.

This section of Luke’s Gospel drives home a key point: Jesus is committed to finding and reclaiming those who have wandered away from God and are behaving destructively toward themselves and others. Those people would be most of us.

First we hear about finding the lost sheep. Next is the lesson about the missing coin. And then we have this story of the Prodigal Son, found only in Luke. These stories are actually Jesus flashing a billboard in front of us: Nothing can make me stop loving you. Whatever you have done, come to me with a humble heart, and I will love you back to wholeness.

This is perhaps why the Collect for Purity from The Book of Common Prayer rings true after centuries of use, appearing in Anglican prayer books throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion. “No secrets are hid.” And God loves us anyway, utterly, and without reservation.

MOVING FORWARD: Spend some time with the Collect for Purity on page 355 of The Book of Common Prayer. Consider adding it to your prayers for this entire week.

Good Book Club Reading: Luke 15:11-32

PRAY for the Diocese of Hong Kong

Today the Church remembers Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, 604.



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