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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 16, 2020

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WEDNESDAY, September 16                   Ninian, Ember Day

John 1:22-23 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about ourself?” [John] said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘“Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as the prophet Isaiah said.

When I was a young adult minister, I had the privilege of listening to a lot of people discerning their vocations. Some were called to holy orders; far more were confirmed in the ministry of the laity. Some were called to strive for equality and environmental stewardship, to teach, build, encourage, or counsel.

When the calling was clear, the individuals weren’t talking about themselves but about the world they were being called to create. That clarity was beautiful to witness. Their vocation was an invitation to see the possibility through their own eyes and to be swept up in the change. Just as John the Baptist pushed back against those who wanted to know who he was, may we also put our own glory down and instead raise up our voices in proclaiming the coming of the Lord.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you know someone who is discerning their vocation? Plan to have coffee or lunch with them this week.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Muranga South (Kenya) and Zaki-Biam and Ikwerre (both in Nigeria)

Ps 72 * 119:73-96 | Job 42:1-17 | Acts 16:16-24 | John 12:20-26



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