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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 14, 2019

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SATURDAY, September 14         Holy Cross Day

Galatians 6:14a May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Jesus’ ministry is invitational, not coercive. He responds to the faith of those who seek him with healing and wholeness—he does not demand their obeisance or obedience. Jesus reserves his sharpest words for those who impose barriers on loving responses to the world’s pain.

The cross reminds us that the oppressive powers of evil must always be resisted, not co-opted. The death and resurrection of Jesus reminds us that the kingdom of God is made manifest when we name and confront evil, when we work to destroy its power and undo its effects. But the generative power of God is too great even for death, and the cross of Christ reminds us of God’s victory over evil on our behalf.

MOVING FORWARD: What signs of the cross do you have in your home? Pray with or near one of them today, recalling how Jesus turned this brutal tool of torture into a symbol of love and everlasting life.

PRAY for the Diocese of Southern Highlands (Tanzania)

Ps 98 or 98:1-4 | Isaiah 45:21-25 | Philippians 2:5-11 or Galatians 6:14-18 | John 12:31-36a

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