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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 9, 2019

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WEDNESDAY, January 9

John 5:13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there.

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus heals a long-time invalid who has no idea who Jesus is, let alone proclaim faith in him. Jesus heals him anyway.

Under the management of a savvy director, our region’s food bank has grown in volume and impact. Trucks now deliver food to distribution sites in nine counties. Every Saturday, people with their own transportation wait in a long line at the warehouse to get as much food as their laundry baskets or trash bags can hold.

The legacy of the now-deceased director lives on in her words, spoken defiantly to anyone who suggested that those who receive food every week are using the system: Do you think a mother would bundle up her babies to stand in freezing weather for two hours for twenty pounds of food if she didn’t need every ounce of it?!

MOVING FORWARD: We are called to show the same mercy as Jesus. What are two concrete ways you can show mercy this week?

PRAY for the Diocese of Lake Rukwa (Tanzania)

Ps 121, 122, 123 * 131, 132 | Isaiah 63:1-5 | Revelation 2:18-29 | John 5:1-15

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