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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 17, 2018

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TUESDAY, April 17

Acts 8:13 Even Simon himself believed. After being baptized, he stayed constantly with Philip and was amazed when he saw the signs and great miracles that took place.

Jesus comes to save our souls. His work on the cross takes all the junk out of our hearts and discards it, offering us something beautiful and life-giving in its place. We just have to be willing to make the transaction. And that’s a hard kind of will to muster.

Simon the magician could stay happy with cheap magic tricks. He could remain satisfied with his own reflection and miss the boundless beauty of Jesus. But Simon believes the good news, and whatever spell binds him to his own little life is broken as he bears witness to the difference between miracles and magic.

The work of Jesus’ disciples—Philip, Simon, you, and me—is to be willing to bear the glory of the living God into the dullness of the daily grind, distracting people and shaking them from their trance, so Jesus can come in and make all of us whole and holy. That is among the myriad things that Easter is—a momentary, monumentally miraculous distraction from the dullness of our mundane magic.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you discern the difference between magic and miracles, between coincidence and the Holy Spirit?

Good Book Club Reading: Acts 8:9-25

PRAY for the Dioceses of Caledonia and Calgary (Canada)



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