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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 12, 2021

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MONDAY, July 12

Mark 1:41 Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!”

When I was a teenager, my family and I visited the island of Molokai, Hawaii, where people with leprosy had been exiled, the place where they went to die. Here, the name Father Damien is recognized and honored, recalling the man who came to dwell among the lepers (those who suffered from Hansen’s Disease) and care for them.

Instead of shying away from those afflicted with the disease, Father Damien built houses for them, constructed a water system, and planted trees. He was in close contact with his people—he even bandaged their wounds with his own hands. Although Father Damien eventually died of Hansen’s Disease, he transformed the colony from a place to die into a place to live.

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus touches the afflicted man. He was probably the first person to touch this man in years. Not only does Jesus heal his physical condition, he also heals an aching and lonely heart—a body that had slowly been dying is transformed into one that is full of life.

MOVING FORWARD: Search online for a nearby healing service, and make plans to attend.

PRAY for the Diocese of Dhaka (Bangladesh)

Ps 25 * 9, 15 | 1 Samuel 18:5-16, 27b-30 | Acts 11:19-30 | Mark 1:29-45

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