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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 23, 2018

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FRIDAY, February 23

Luke 7:33-35 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!”

Jesus can’t win for losing. On the one hand, people condemn the austerity of John the Baptist, who forgoes bread and wine. And on the other hand, they criticize Jesus for his alleged indulgences of eating and drinking, even with tax collectors and sinners. How can he even begin to satisfy such a crowd?

Jesus is frustrated, comparing the people to petulant children who won’t participate unless the game is played by their rules. (One commentator pegged this as the “parable of the brats.”)

Jesus doesn’t follow the rules. He is king, but not royal. He heals, but not always on the right days or in the prescribed ways. He befriends the unwanted and unwelcome, not the wealthy and elite. This crowd tries to hem in Jesus with their own ideas of how he should act and lead. I wonder: In what ways to do we try to limit Jesus today?

MOVING FORWARD: Do you have any unfair expectations of Jesus? How can you let go of those and allow him to move freely in your life?

Good Book Club Reading: Luke 7:1-35

PRAY for the Diocese of Awori (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr of Smyrna, 156.



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