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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 17, 2018

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SATURDAY, March 17

Luke 18:7-8 And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?

Some people wear green on the feast day of Saint Patrick and march in parades; others drink green beer. We have managed to box Patrick up pretty tightly and miss the point of his life: To live and preach the Good News of God in Christ.

These middle chapters in Luke cannot be any clearer about the end times or about Jesus’ desire for us to hold steadfastly to our faith—to live simply and courageously and to boldly tell others of God.

I love these words from the original Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, as printed in the Irish hymnal.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles
Against false words of heresy
Against the knowledge that defiles
Against the heart’s idolatry
Against the wizard’s evil craft
Against the death-wound and the burning
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft
Protect me, Christ, till thy returning.
Protect us all, Lord Christ, protect us all indeed.

MOVING FORWARD: Establish a practice of reading and discussing scripture at the start of each church meeting.

Good Book Club Reading: Luke 18:1-17

PRAY for the Diocese of Bolivia (South America)

Today the Church remembers Patrick, Bishop and Missionary of Ireland, 461.



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