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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 21, 2022

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MONDAY, November 21      [MECHTHILDE OF HACKEBORN AND GERTRUDE THE GREAT, Mystics and Theologians, 1298 and 1302]

Galatians 6:9-10 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

I’m not terribly career conscious. It’s perhaps a personal shortcoming that has frustrated some of my close friends. I have a propensity to live from opportunity to opportunity, accepting the ones I’m excited about and passing on the ones I’m not. I’ve taught at very small private schools, and I currently teach at a large one. I do what I love because I love it.

This particular way of life may work for some, but not others. As for me, this way of life helps me contemplate the meaning of success. For Christians, success is not about wealth, security, a beautiful home, or other status symbols. My friend once told me of a homily given by his priest. He pointed to the crucifix behind him and said, “that is a picture of success.” Our success cannot be measured by our “net worth.” It’s measured by our connection to Christ.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you measure success?

PRAY for the Diocese of Niger West (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers .

Ps 106:1-18 * 106:19-48 | Zechariah 10:1-12 | Galatians 6:1-10 | Luke 18:15-30

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