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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 1, 2021

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TUESDAY, June 1                           Justin

Luke 17:16-19 He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

In human history, foreigners have been too often met with suspicion, contempt, persecution, and violence. Some things never change.

In typical fashion, Jesus singles out the “foreigner” and makes it clear that this person, in particular, deserves honor for his gratitude. Jesus, the master teacher, shows us that the seemingly most unlikely member of a group, a “foreigner,” is worthy of not only acceptance but also praise. It reminds me of being in a classroom setting when a teacher sees a hand shoot up and hears a thoughtful answer from a student that everyone else has ignored or debased.

In the unspeakable love of God, no one is other, no one is unimportant, and no one is a foreigner.

MOVING FORWARD: Who are the people treated as “foreigners” in your midst? How can you be an extension to them of Jesus’ love and acceptance?

PRAY for the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania (USA)

Ps 45 * 47, 48 | Deuteronomy 12:1-12 | 2 Corinthians 6:3-13 (14—7:1) | Luke 17:11-19

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