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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 14, 2020

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MONDAY, September 14                  Holy Cross

Philippians 2:5-7 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form…

Almost every supervillain storyline follows a similar trope: dispossessed individuals gain some power but subsequently isolate and overextend themselves. Meanwhile, much more powerful superheroes acknowledge their need for relationship and commitment to others and prevail over the supervillain. I wonder: Is there some point at which the heroes become self-aware while the villains remain blinded by their striving?

How can I detach myself from ego? How can I acknowledge that nothing is guaranteed or earned—that all is granted and all is grace? May I treat whatever power I possess in this world as a gift, entrusted to build up others with love and light.

MOVING FORWARD: Who has been a hero to you? How have they changed the way you view yourself or avoid becoming villainous?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Mundri (South Sudan) and Ysabel (Melanesia)

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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