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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 1, 2022

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SATURDAY, October 1      REMIGIUS OF RHEIMS, Bishop, c.530

Hosea 11:4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.

When my grandson was young, I loved watching his face light up when his mother or father lifted him up high, then swung him in tight, held him close, and nuzzled his neck and chest. They had distinct ways of embracing him and, of course, various motivations, but each time, my grandson acted so surprised—and pleased. He’d broadcast his most loving sounds along with some of his biggest smiles. His growing legs would stretch out, and his small feet would arch and reach; he was so excited and yet so comforted.

God’s love for Israel is like the love my grandson receives—pure, undiminished, and freely given. I hope we react in the same way, with excitement, smiles, and a profound sense of comfort.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you respond to God’s love?

PRAY for the Diocese of The Murray (Australia)

Today the Church remembers .

Ps 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33 | Hosea 11:1-9 | Acts 22:17-29 | Luke 6:27-38

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