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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 21, 2017

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THURSDAY, September 21      Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Matthew 9:11-13 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when [Jesus] heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

A few years ago, our parish deacon, the Rev. Tom Mariconda, preached a moving sermon about service to those in need. Tom made the eloquent point: “There is no ‘us’ and ‘them.’ There is only ‘us,’ and we are all the Body of Christ.”

God does not make meaningless people. To participate fully in God’s intention for creation, we must learn to see as God sees. Christ comes to all of us and for all of us, and he intends for us to know each other as brothers and sisters. Where can we look to find a deeper sense of the people around us? Mercy, grace, and justice will prevail in the world if it first prevails in us.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you practice inclusion and hospitality today?

PRAY for the Diocese of South Dakota

Today the Church remembers Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.

Ps 119:33-40 | Proverbs 3:1-16 | 2 Timothy 3:14-17 | Matthew 9:9-13

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