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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 5, 2018

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THURSDAY, April 5     Thursday in Easter Week

Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Growing up, I heard my pastor remind the faithful not to forsake the communal nature of our Christian faith. I am struck by how many times Christian community has been pivotal in helping me to develop and grow. The faith communities that formed me have each given me special gifts that continue to shape who I am and who I am becoming.

The body of Christ is just that—born of water, nurtured by bread and wine, and empowered by the Spirit. It is impossible to be a Christian alone. We are profoundly bound by the connective tissue of sacramental life. Being a member of this kind of community is challenging, presenting us with many opportunities for formation, reflection, discernment, patience, and ministry. The disciples are onto something: To follow Christ is to enter the urgency and love of the apostolic community and to submit to a lifelong and life-wide process of growing into the full stature of the One who first loved us.

MOVING FORWARD: What are some ways your faith community has helped form your identity as a follower of Jesus? Share them by using #ForwardDayByDay.

Good Book Club Reading: Acts 2:37-47

PRAY for the Diocese of Bungoma (Kenya)



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