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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 16, 2019

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SATURDAY, November 16

1 Maccabees 2:24-25 When Mattathias saw it, he burned with zeal and his heart was stirred. He gave vent to righteous anger; he ran and killed him on the altar. At the same time, he killed the king’s officer who was forcing them to sacrifice, and he tore down the altar.

The story told in Maccabees casts Mattathias and his son Judas Maccabeus as heroes. They are commanded by Antiochus IV Epiphanes to abandon the covenant between God and the children of Israel. Mattathias refuses and begins an armed revolt.

We don’t take everything the rebels do—like succumbing to homicidal rage—as exemplary. But which among their qualities might we worthily aspire to emulate? The Covenant and the Law that gives them substance is not a take-it-or-leave-it add-on like gravy or ketchup. It is the most essential part of their identity. I would hope to mirror the sheer courage and perseverance they show in contending for something dearer to them than their very lives.

MOVING FORWARD: What is the most essential part of your identity? What would you do to preserve or defend that?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Sabongidda-Ora (Nigeria) and Dublin & Glendalough (Ireland)

Ps 87, 90 * 136 | 1 Maccabees 2:1-28 | Revelation 20:1-6 | Matthew 16:21-28

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