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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 14, 2019

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SUNDAY, July 14                          5 Pentecost

Luke 10:29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

We want people to fall into neat categories so we can have mental shortcuts for how we treat them. Here’s the rub: There are no categories. Everyone is our neighbor. We have to be brave enough to scrape off the labels and forgo the categories we have created to make us feel comfortable or righteous.

How should I treat this person—as female or male, as a person of color, as a person without a home, as a person who has a drug problem, as a person who is dressed or speaks differently than I do? Why don’t we treat a person like a person, the way we would want to be treated?

The next time you come across a person in the supermarket who drops a box of cereal—a person who is clearly having one of those days, who might be very different from you, who might not say thank you—what will you ask yourself? Or will you simply help the person, your neighbor and a child of God?

MOVING FORWARD: Find a way to bless your neighbor today.

PRAY for the Diocese of Phulbani (India)

Ps 82 or Ps 25:1-9 | Amos 7:7-17 or Deuteronomy 30:9-14 | Colossians 1:1-14 | Luke 10:25-37

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