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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 27, 2018

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SATURDAY, January 27

John 6:24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

For years, my wife urged me to go to Cursillo, a weekend retreat designed to deepen and strengthen faith. She had found the experience to be transformational, but I wasn’t sure. I didn’t think I needed to go—my relationship with the Lord was strong enough. In 2006, I finally acquiesced and said, “Yes.” My wife was right. The experience transformed me.

On Saturday night I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. I received a laying on of hands by a priest who had also been baptized in the Holy Spirit by a priest who had been baptized in the Holy Spirit. I was on the receiving end of a baptismal ripple that is centuries long.

I woke up Sunday morning with a word on my lips that I had never spoken before: Christos. More words came. None in English. I spell them the way they sounded: Tu. Es. Christos. Amore. Illuminari. “You are Christ’s love illuminated.” All of us can be Christ’s love illuminated if we say “Yes” when Jesus asks: Come look for my love within you and carry it into the world.

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PRAY for the Diocese of Amritsar (India)

Today the Church remembers John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, 407.

Ps 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23) | Genesis 18:1-16 | Hebrews 10:26-39 | John 6:16-27

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