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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 1, 2019

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SUNDAY, September 1                           12 Pentecost

Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.

I once worked at a parish that hosted a weekly meal for our neighbors—many were poor, many were homeless. We served the meal family style, with parish leaders sitting at tables with our neighbors.

Other churches and community groups took turns cooking and serving the meal each week. It was always interesting to see the mostly well-off servers come in looking for gratitude. Many of them were taken aback when our neighbors criticized the cooking or the service.

Often what passes for “mission” in the church is mere charity, failing to rise to the kind of mutuality and sharing within community that Jesus preached. It is all too common to look at our neighbors and see only poverty and not their dignity. But Jesus invites us to see the people we encounter as neighbors—as guests, as people we invite not just into our space but also into our lives.

MOVING FORWARD: What do you think is the difference between mission and charity? Pray to have a heart for mission.

PRAY for the Diocese of Sialkot (Pakistan)

Ps 81:1, 10-16 or Ps 112 | Jeremiah 2:4-13 or Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7 | Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 | Luke 14:1,7-14

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