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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 9, 2017

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MONDAY, October 9

Matthew 8:34 Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.

Matthew’s Jesus offers us a powerful sign through the swine in the country of the Gadarenes. When he casts the demons into the unclean herd and runs them into the abyss, Jesus shows how, even now, God’s kingdom is gaining ground and forcefully edging out the powers of darkness in the world. The whole town asks Jesus to leave—not because they are animal rights advocates but because Jesus’ actions are unbearably disruptive.

Throughout scripture, God’s holiness is a powerful, disruptive, and often dangerous force that shatters human pretension, sheds light upon the darkness of the human heart, and tears down the enslaving structures of injustice. When faced with the holiness of God, we—like the people at Mount Sinai—might cover our ears and ask that God stop speaking. Like the Gadarenes, we might look on in dismay as that which we had looked to for stability and security is destroyed. In those moments, may the God who brought the two demoniacs living among the tombs back to life restore us also to the path that leads to life.

MOVING FORWARD: What might disrupt your comfortable life? Are you willing to experience the disruption?

PRAY for the Diocese of St Asaph (Wales)

Today the Church remembers Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, 1253.

Ps 106:1-18 * 106:19-48 | 2 Kings 21:1-18 | 1 Corinthians 10:14—11:1 | Matthew 8:28-34

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