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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 24, 2018

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SATURDAY, February 24     Saint Matthias, Apostle

Luke 7:38 She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.

I made breakfast for my dad as he was recovering from surgery. “Just how you like it,” I said, presenting him with a plate of dark toast.

He smiled. “I’ve never liked the burnt bread. I just always took the dark slices because you and your sisters didn’t like them.” Mind=Blown. I had been under the illusion for forty years that my dad liked burnt toast. Instead, his selection was a small, sweet act of sacrifice, rooted in love.

The woman who bathes Jesus’ feet is motivated by love as well. In Luke, the Pharisee admonishes Jesus for allowing a woman—and a sinful one at that—to touch him. Other gospels criticize the woman for wasting expensive perfume just to wash Jesus’ feet.

But Jesus won’t listen to their complaints. Any action done with love has great value. Even a lifetime of burnt toast.

MOVING FORWARD: Does your family have a “burnt toast” story? Find a way to share that story and celebrate it today.

Good Book Club Reading: Luke 7:36-50

PRAY for the Diocese of Badagry (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Saint Matthias the Apostle.

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