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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 20, 2022

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SUNDAY, November 20
The Last Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 23:33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.

This past fall, I made a point to reread the gospels. I tried to approach them as though I had never read them before, and I rediscovered the beauty of the texts. They’re so infused with life and joy. They feel like great mythos and earthy, gritty reality. With each book, I tried to place myself within the context of the story. I felt connected to the characters and, most importantly, connected to Christ. But when I came again to the crucifixion, I froze. I didn’t want to enter fully into the story. Sometimes I read it at arm’s length, or I glossed over Jesus’s death entirely because it was just too painful to read. Other times, I read it as purposely as I was able and had my heart broken again.

As grateful as I am for the beauty of the gospels, I am most grateful that the story isn’t ultimately a tragedy.

MOVING FORWARD: Read Luke 23. Where are you in the crucifixion story? Imagine yourself as the guards, the criminals, the onlookers.

PRAY for the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean

Today the Church remembers .

Canticle 4 or 16 or Ps 46 | Jeremiah 23:1-6 | Colossians 1:11-20 | Luke 23:33-43

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