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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 26, 2016

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TUESDAY, January 26

John 5:17 My Father is still working, and I also am working.

When I was about thirteen, I read the Bible from front to back. I remember the way the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke disturbed me. Jesus was so enigmatic. The Jesus in John, however, confirmed my understanding of him. Almost twenty years later, I am having the opposite experience as I read through John to write these reflections.

In John, Jesus seems to have no room for my doubts. He is so confident, and the unpredictable humanity I find in the other gospels, which I now appreciate, is harder to see here. Like any other relationship, perhaps, my relationship with Jesus in the gospels has changed over time.

As I evolve over time, each encounter with Jesus brings surprises and new understandings. While I don’t find this rediscovery process entirely pleasant or easy, if it were any other way, my faith would be static and childlike my entire life. I must wrestle with the Jesus I find in John, just as I wrestled with the Jesus of Mark and Matthew and Luke, and be changed again.

PRAY for the Diocese of Amazon (Brazil)

Today the Church remembers Timothy and Titus, Companions of Saint Paul.

Ps 45 * 47, 48; Genesis 15:1-11, 17-21; Hebrews 9:1-14; John 5:1-18



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