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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 6, 2017

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MONDAY, November 6

Matthew 13:36 Then [Jesus] left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”

My mother survived Mathausen, one of the lesser-known Nazi concentration camps near Linz, Austria. Her personal encounter with suffering, degradation, and death shaped her view of good and evil, justice and hope. She summarized her hard-won wisdom in two phrases that help unpack Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the weeds.

“You have to take the good with the bad, ” meaning that goodwill rarely comes to us unmixed, perfect, and complete. We cannot become so focused on eradicating evil that we forget to nurture and celebrate the good we find.

“Tomorrow is another day.” She said this to remind me that our yearning for justice reflects God’s deepest desire. The justice that we can do today will be incomplete, but we must not lose heart. God’s grace will bring all of our hard work for goodness and justice to completion.

MOVING FORWARD: Think about one of the most difficult times in your life. Can you find any good that came with the bad of the experience? Share your story with us at #ForwardDayByDay.

PRAY for the Diocese of Trichy-Tanjore (South India)

Ps 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65 | Nehemiah 6:1-19 | Revelation 10:1-11 | Matthew 13:36-43

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