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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 19, 2022

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SUNDAY, June 19
[2 Pentecost/Adelaide Teague Case]

Galatians 3:28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

In a side chapel of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, before the fire, hung a painting officially titled Sainte-Mère et son fils. It depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary. A child stands over each shoulder, gazing in wonder. The painting is a typical depiction in most respects but for the fact that Mary, Jesus, and the children are all Chinese, and at the top, the name of Mary is painted in red Chinese calligraphy.

A more somber depiction of Mary is Our Lady of Ferguson, an icon that identifies the heartbreak of Black mothers whose sons have been killed by the police with the sorrow of Mary, whose son was also killed by the state.

These works are reminders that life in Christ obliterates the hierarchical divisions between peoples, and the universal church, which is the body of Christ, contains the multiplicity of human identities. Christian art, including music and worship, appropriately depicts and celebrates all the people Christ has redeemed.

MOVING FORWARD: What pieces of Christian art remind you of the body of Christ and the kingdom of God? Share them with us at #ForwardDaybyDay.

PRAY for the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan

Ps 42, 43 or 22:18-27 | 1 Kings 19:1-4,(5-7),8-15a or Isaiah 65:1-9 Galatians 3:23-29 | Luke 8:26-39

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