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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 11, 2020

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TUESDAY, February 11                           Theodora

John 8:10-11 Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”

We are all in need of being saved. When Jesus encounters the woman caught in adultery, he offers the ultimate assistance of salvation. The men who condemn her make her feel miserable, acting out their own narrow-minded misery. Jesus saves her—not just from death but also from shame, condemnation, continued harassment. After Jesus is finished, it’s hard to imagine the group of angry men having the temerity to continue haranguing the woman.

Some of the best news of the gospel is that Jesus saves us from ourselves, from each other, and from running the risk of forgetting how beloved we are. In spreading this good news, we strive to be just like Jesus—encouraging those around us to be honest, to practice mercy; to remember and proclaim our identity as God’s beloveds.

MOVING FORWARD: Acts of mercy are good examples of Lenten disciplines. Are you planning to carry out acts of mercy?

PRAY for the Diocese of Igbomina-West (Nigeria)

Ps 78:1-39 * 78:40-72 | Genesis 26:1-6,12-33 | Hebrews 13:17-25 | John 7:53—8:11

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