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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 15, 2021

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MONDAY, March 15
[Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac]

John 6:5-6 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.

Just before the miracle of the feeding of the five-thousand, Jesus asks a question of Philip. Philip answers by thinking about the logistics of the situation and concludes that the situation is impossible.

This miracle reminds us that Jesus will provide. But our faith is not a one-way street, receiving the bounty from the Lord. Jesus calls us to action, to bring together the resources we have and reach out to the people we know and those we don’t know yet. Jesus calls us to pray, to thank God for the life that we have and for our many blessings. And Jesus calls us to go, to serve our neighbors with whatever we have and to bring the blessings of God to all people!

So, rather than dismiss a situation as impossible because of preconceived notions about budgets, appearances, reputations, or abilities, we must listen to Jesus and be ready to act.

MOVING FORWARD: Have you ever experienced a loaves-and-fishes moment? Share it with us at #ForwardDaybyDay.

PRAY for the Diocese of Awerial (South Sudan)

Ps 89:1-18 * 89:19-52 | Jeremiah 16:10-21 | Romans 7:1-12 | John 6:1-15

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