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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 20, 2021

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WEDNESDAY, January 20                  Fabian

Ephesians 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Fabian was an unlikely pope. He wasn’t even an ordained priest on the day of his election in 236 CE. According to tradition, as he stood in a crowd in Rome, a dove came and alighted upon Fabian’s head. The multitude began to shout, “He is worthy, he is worthy!” Just like that, Fabian went from being a layman in the crowd to being the Vicar of Christ.

During his fourteen-year papacy, Fabian did some fantastic things. He had mostly good relations with the Roman government and was widely known for commissioning a group of deacons to record the lives of the saints. At the outset of the Diocletian Persecutions, Fabian was one of the first to be martyred for the faith.

Fabian’s followers could see Jesus in his life and ministry. Fabian became an imitator of Christ, something we are all called to, even in the face of hardship and struggle.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you know someone like Fabian? Call that person today.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Litoral Ecuador, Saint Albans (England), and Gombe (Nigeria)

Ps 38 * 119:25-48 | Isaiah 44:24—45:7 | Ephesians 5:1-14 | Mark 4:1-20

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