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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 15, 2022

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MONDAY, August 15
[Saint Mary the Virgin]

Luke 1:47-48a And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

What would it take to welcome Christ as joyfully as Mary did? How do we follow Mary’s path? Her life was not easy, as she would ultimately see her son crucified on the cross. Yet, here she rejoices in being chosen by God as the mother of the one who changed her life, our lives, forever.

Mary gives thanks for her lowliness. Pride and power have no value for God, who transforms the definition of social standing. Given the gift of a child, Mary rejoices in God her Savior and praises God for lifting up the lowly and feeding the hungry with good things.

Perhaps we need quiet time away from the twittering and buzzing that fills our lives. We need to turn from pride to selflessness, from power to discernment. We may not sing out in the beautiful words of the Magnificat, but with the Holy Spirit’s help, we may find the courage to pray: Purify our conscience, O God, that we too may rejoice in all that we have been given.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you live and love like Mary, rejoicing in all God has given you?

PRAY for the Diocese of Central Melanesia, Melanesia

Ps 34 or 34:1-9 | Isaiah 61:10-11 | Galatians 4:4-7 | Luke 1:46-55



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