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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 13, 2022

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SATURDAY, August 13
[Jeremy Taylor]

John 5:10-11 So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’”

My mother taught me many rules about how to be safe in the city. Look both ways before crossing the street. Avoid eye contact with strangers. Keep your hand on your wallet. These rules became so ingrained that they seemed like normal behavior.

When the Jews chastised the man for breaking the sabbath by carrying his mat, they followed deep-seated rules of Mosaic law prohibiting work of all kinds. But life intervenes for them and us. What if, as we leave for church, our neighbor falls? Or our child develops a fever? The list is endless. Do we choose to follow the letter of the law or reach out and help?

Jesus, who healed the man, had a simple answer: “My Father is still working, and I also am working.” The work of loving is the one rule that supersedes all others. It is the rule that heals us. May Christ give us the courage to take up our mats and walk in his footsteps.

MOVING FORWARD: Have you ever had to choose between following the law or caring for another? What did you decide?

PRAY for the Diocese of Wad Medani, Sudan

Ps 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33 | Judges 16:1-14 | Acts 7:30-43 | John 5:1-18

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