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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 19, 2021

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FRIDAY, March 19 Saint Joseph

Romans 4:13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

Today, we remember Saint Joseph, who was the father of Jesus when Jesus walked the earth. Jesus’ family tree is a little complicated when it comes to the details, theologically speaking, but I find this to be encouraging for us all.

In the Old Testament, the focus of the story is on the Israelites. But, when Jesus preaches, he invites all people into God’s family. As Paul explains, when we walk with God, we become part of God’s family. There is no longer a need for a lineage or a family name to define a person.

Joseph was of the “correct” lineage, especially for Jesus to fulfill the prophecy, but that is not what made him part of God’s household. As Jesus preached, Jesus’ family consisted of students, followers, the faithful—not just blood relatives or people belonging to a certain class.

I pray that we will remember Jesus’ open arms, especially when we take the Good News out into the world.

MOVING FORWARD: Give thanks for your family of faith and especially for those who have helped father you.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ayod (South Sudan)

Ps 89:1-29 or 89:1-4,26-29 | 2 Samuel 7:4, 8-16 | Romans 4:13-18 | Luke 2:41-52

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