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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 17, 2020

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THURSDAY, September 17                           Hildegard of Bingen

1 Thessalonians 5:25 Beloved, pray for us.

From the Archives: May 29, 1953

How should people feel toward their clergy and how should they treat them? Let me offer my own answer as a minister.

We want your prayers. Our task is spiritual, and it puts a heavy drain on our souls. We have the same temptations that you have and some that are particular to our vocation. Your intercessions can reinforce our weakness and increase our strength in the Lord. Like most people, we have many problems. Pray for us that we may think clearly and act wisely according to the mind of Christ.

We want your friendship. We are human beings. Don’t put us on pedestals. When you invite us into your homes, treat us “like home folks,” naturally and simply. We like to see you around the parish, and we want to know about your job and interests. Tell us about your hobbies—we will tell you about some of ours.

My family doctor is my friend. When I see this person professionally, we both feel a deeper sense of how to help and be helped. That’s the kind of feeling I’d like to have between my parishioners and me.

MOVING FORWARD: Read all of Job 28 this weekend.

Read the contemporary reflection here.

PRAY for the Anglican Church of Korea

Today the Church remembers Hildegard, 1179.

Ps [70], 71 * 74 | Job 28:1-28 | Acts 16:25-40 | John 12:27-36a

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