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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 17, 2019

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TUESDAY, September 17

1 Corinthians 1:22-23 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.

On the day they crucify Jesus, his limp body hanging on the cross, his followers hide—afraid for their lives as they recall the cries of the crowd: Crucify him! The regular folks who have gathered to watch the killing seem convinced that Jesus’ teachings are worthless, wishful thinking, full of false hopes. In these strange moments, as the veil is being torn asunder, common sense says Jesus and his movement are utter failures.

Can you hear the derision and see the heads shake as the wise leaders of Jerusalem mock: He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.

Resurrection Sunday, the greatest morning yet to dawn, makes everything different. The astounding preposterousness—the jaw-dropping incredulity—of the resurrection is a direct rebuke of common sense. The Lord is risen, indeed. Alleluia.

MOVING FORWARD: When was the last time your own common sense was turned upside down by God’s grace?

PRAY for the Diocese of Southwark (England)

Ps 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36 | 1 Kings 21:17-29 1 Corinthians 1:20-31 | Matthew 4:12-17

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