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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 2, 2018

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SATURDAY, June 2

Matthew 13:36 Then [Jesus] left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”

Time and again, the gospels show us Jesus teaching the disciples. And we repeatedly see the disciples failing to understand Jesus’ lesson, followed by the disciples questioning Jesus about the teaching. Sometimes, Jesus gives an explanation (as he does in today’s gospel), and other times, he doesn’t. And yet, regardless of whether or not the disciples’ questions are answered, they continue their journey with Jesus. Jesus keeps teaching them, and the disciples keep asking him questions.

Oftentimes, we fall into the habit of placing our faith at the mercy of our own understanding. If we don’t understand something, how can we possibly believe it? But faith doesn’t work that way—in fact, precious little in life works that way. It is no accident that Jesus never commands us to understand our neighbors in order to love them. Jesus simply commands us to love.

So it is with faith. Although we should strive to garner an ever-deepening understanding of our faith, we must resist making our faith contingent upon our understanding. Faith is about relationship. And for that, we must continue along our journey with Jesus.

MOVING FORWARD: Write a note of thanks to a teacher in your life.  

PRAY for the Diocese of Coventry (England)

Today the Church remembers Blandina and Her Companions, the Martyrs of Lyons, 177.

Ps 30, 32 * 42, 43 | Proverbs 25:15-28 | 1 Timothy 6:6-21 | Matthew 13:36-43

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