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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 18, 2021

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SUNDAY, July 18                  8 Pentecost

Ephesians 2:12 Remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

My mother comes from a long line of Jewish ancestors. In fact, according to Ancestry.com, 90 percent of her bloodline is “Eastern European Jew.” Since Judaism is passed down the matrilineal line, I have always held a sense of pride in the fact that I am, technically, Jewish.

Perhaps for this reason I feel a particular love for my Jewish ancestors. I recognize that the Jewish Passover Seder anticipates Jesus as the paschal lamb, just as the good news of the gospel is the fulfillment of the Old Testament.

I’ve often noticed a sense of entitlement from my Christian siblings, as if we are the “in-crowd” of faith and everyone else is outside. But Paul reminds us that we are lucky to live in a time with Jesus. God extends grace to the whole world but does not withdraw his love from David, nor let David’s faithfulness prove false (Psalm 89:33).

The Jewish people are not only my ancestors, they are yours also. Let us not forget them in prayer.

MOVING FORWARD: Research the Jewish Passover and its role in Exodus.

PRAY for the Diocese of the Dominican Republic

Ps 89:20-37 or Ps 23 | 2 Samuel 7:1-14a or Jeremiah 23:1-6 | Ephesians 2:11-22 | Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

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