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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 10, 2022

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WEDNESDAY, August 10
[Laurence of Rome]

John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

Whenever I take a nearby shortcut, I pass a man in torn jeans sitting on the curb. He holds a sign that says, “I am hungry.” I have given him sandwiches, directions to the soup kitchen, and dollar bills. Rain or shine, he is there.

Perhaps he is a veteran who has seen too much conflict; maybe he is on drugs or has a medical condition. I wish he could drink of the living water that Jesus embodies and have a taste of something far better than the soda I hand him as I pass.

As Jesus promises the Samaritan woman, “those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again.” More than a waterfall, more than a river, this water is “gushing up to eternal life.” We are like that woman, like that homeless man. Our past does not matter; what counts is that we reach out with beggars’ hands and accept the living Christ as spirit and truth.

MOVING FORWARD: How does the living water change the way you care for others?

PRAY for the Diocese of Mbujimayi, de L’Englise Anglicane Du Congo

Ps 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144 | Judges 13:15-24 | Acts 6:1-15 | John 4:1-26



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